Dog Travel to the UK from Iraq

Hi PetRelocation,

I was wondering if you could help us. My dad is currently working in Iraq (not military) and has bonded with a stray puppy.

What would we need to do to try and bring this pup back to the UK? This puppy is not part of a pack, is friendly and spends most of its time in the offices where my dad works. We know it has been done before but we are unsure who to ask. We would be able to get a vet check in Iraq (there is one that works with their guard dogs) but we don't know where to start!

It's also important to say that my dad thinks there may be something wrong with her paw.

Any information would be appreciated :)

Katie x x x x


Hi Katie,

Thank you for your question, we're happy to offer some information. The pet import requirements for the UK are very precise, and while it isn't impossible to bring pets into the country from Iraq, it will require pretty significant time and effort.

Iraq is considered an "unlisted" country, so you'll need to follow the rules as they're outlined for this situation. Specifically, your dad's new dog will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, blood test, veterinary certificate and tapeworm treatment. Note that you must wait three months from the time of the blood test to prove that the vaccination was successful.

Here are a few additional pet travel tips that will help you with other questions you may have about pet air travel, travel crates and more. As for the paw condition, that is something to take up with the vet, too. As long as the dog is healthy and fit to fly at the time of departure, a minor malformation, etc. shouldn't be a problem.

If you think you'd like some assistance arranging this move, please contact us for a pet travel consultation.

Hope this helps, Katie! Just let us know if you think we can be of service.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Katie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Border Collie (?)
From: Basra,Iraq
To: Abergavenny, UK


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