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Turkey pet travel regulations. How to enter Turkey with a dog or a cat

When planning a trip to Turkey with your pet, check the official rules that apply to pet owners. At first you should know that you can take cats, dogs, or ferrets on a trip. According to the latest information, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the pet must be transported on the same aircraft as its owner or authorized person. Your pet must also meet the following requirements:

• Be identifiable with a readable microchip (or tattoo) that complies with ISO 11784 or ISO 11785;

• Have a pet passport issued by an authorized veterinarian in your country;

• Have a valid rabies vaccination, the details of which are recorded in the pet passport;

• Do a serological test on your pet, which is carried out by a veterinarian 3 months before your departure to Turkey and at least 30 days after the last vaccination against rabies. A report on the presence of an acceptable antibody titer (at least 0.5 IU/ml) in an animal is provided at customs upon entry into the country;

• Have a health certificate. The certificate must be filled out by an authorized veterinarian of the country of export within 2 days before your departure (not earlier than 48 hours before the trip). You can find a sample certificate here:

A maximum of 2 pets per person is allowed (e.g. 1 cat and 1 dog or 2 cats or dogs). In addition, there is a ban on the import of certain breeds of dogs into Turkey. These include the Pit Bull Terrier and all its crossbreeds, the Dogo Argentino, the Fila Brasileiro and the Japanese Tosa.

Do not forget about the requirements of airlines for the transport of animals. Read them carefully before flying, sanitize your pet, and purchase the required carrier.

If you and your pet meet all of the above conditions and requirements, you may be allowed to enter the country.

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