Cat travel restrictions from USA to Sri Lanka

We have plans to move to Sri Lanka. We have a rude awakening to learn today that we can't take our 2 adorable domestic (house born bread 2 cats) to Sri Lanka as cats are prohibited from the USA. First the Director said "Ok will send the pre-approval letter" (last Friday 8/6) and today 8/9 Monday he says that he's not giving the approval..... USA is BSE? status, and not approved. Why can't he intelligently take case by case with approval of all vetrinarian documents from this end! Please advise us what to do? (This was news to the US Embassy too and they will investigate) We appreciate your help, as these are like our children and it is dampening life changing decisions for us.
Hi Giovanni,

I'm so sorry to hear of your frustration in trying to relocate your cats to Sri Lanka and my heart truly goes out to you.'s understanding is that at this time, all cats from the USA are restricted from being import into Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka is currently in the process of declaring the USA BSE free status.

BSE refers to Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad-cow disease. 

However, as of June 23, 2010 posted the following:

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad-cow disease

You must have approval from the Director General / Animal Production & Health of Sri Lanka for import of any pet, which involves a permit issued from his office.  There doesn't appear to be a "work-around" process.

You more than likely already have this info, but here it is for easy reference:

Director General, Department of Animal Production & Health P.O. Box 13 P, readeniya 20400 , Sri Lanka Tel. 00-94-91-2388195, Fax. 00-94-81-2388619

If you take your pet without a prior permit to Sri Lanka, your pet will be re-exported to your country (of origin).

More information on importing pets to Sri Lanka can be found on our website.

Thank you for your inquiry and I wish you the best of luck in whichever decision/path you choose for you and your family. 


PetRelocation Team




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