Pet Travel From Turkey to the United Kingdom

Hi PetRelocation,

I am going to drive with my dog from Turkey to the United Kingdom via Greece, Italy and France, and have just been told that the law changed on June 1st, to say that animals now have to wait 90 days after their blood test to enter any EU country from Turkey (non-EU), and wondered if you could confirm this? As I will not actually be staying in Greece, but just passing through, I wonder if this applies or not.


Hi Gillian,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! International pet travel can definitely be tricky, so we'd be happy offer any guidance that we can. The United Kingdom is one of the tougher countries to enter due to their rabies-free status, so your pre-move actions will need to be carried out carefully.

Here is the best source of information for moving pets to the UK. According to DEFRA, Turkey is not an EU-approved country so you will face a stricter set of requirements. In particular, you must have a blood test carried out at an approved lab at least 30 days after the rabies vaccine is administered.

Many people in your position choose to spend time in an EU country before they attempt to enter the UK so that the restrictions aren't as cumbersome. Again, refer to the DEFRA site for everything you need to know.

As you can see this has the potential to be a complicated move, so don't hesitate to contact us if you need any more help or if you'd like to find out more about our services. Good luck!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Gillian
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
From: Turkey
To: United Kingdom


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team






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By Kristofer on April 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

Transporting my cat from Turkey ( Istanbul ) to the uk. Require the name of a DEFRA approved laboratory for rabies blood testing. Understand this is in Ankara ?Regards

By on April 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Hi Kristofer, Here is a link accessible from the website detailing an approved laboratory in Ankara: In general we suggest referring to official sources whenever possible (such as this one, which you've probably seen: Hope that helps! Let us know if we can be of assistance and good luck with your move.

By Kirsty Wilding on June 12, 2017 at 2:47 am

HiI was wondering if you would be able to help me? My family and I would like to relocate to Turkey and take our dog with us who is an American bulldog. Do you know if this is possible, are American bulldogs allowed to be imported into Turkey?After much research and as of yet no reply from the Turkish Consulate and only a reply on paper work required from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs no direct answer. I can't find up to date information regarding dog breeds allowed to be imported and the process of importing pets in to Turkey.I have seen from airline websites that this breed can be transported so I'm just double checking that she would be allowed entry once arrived or if you know why I could find this information​?Thank you in advance and kind regardsKirsty Wilding

By on June 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

Hi Kirsty, thank you for your inquiry! To our knowledge Turkey does not have breed restrictions regarding American Bulldogs, and in general we recommend contacting the Ministry of Agriculture for questions regarding import and export (here is a link that may help: Hope that helps! Please let us know if we can assist with anything -- we've helped several pets move to Turkey and would be happy to discuss our service options with you.

By KazzyB on August 12, 2017 at 5:32 am

Found this information here: BreedsTurkey does not permit the import of the following breeds or their crosses: Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Rottweiller, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Neopolitan Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeux, Roman Fighting Dog, Bandog Tosa Inu, Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff or similar, mongrel breeds.

By Lynne Davenport on August 8, 2017 at 2:29 am

I will be taking 2 west highland terriers from Turkey to the UK (I do not know their weight) after 26th October this year, which is 3 months from the date of their blood tests. I want to go with them by road. Do you provide this service and can you give me a rough estimate of the cost

By on August 8, 2017 at 8:47 am

Hi Lynne, thanks for reaching out!

For the most part we provide air travel via cargo for our pets, so if you're interested in ground transport we'd recommend arranging the move on your own or using to find a local agent to assist you.

In case you haven't seen it, here is the official UK government site with directions for bringing pets in through various routes and from various countries. Hope this helps you find your way!

If you change your mind and want to learn more about the services we provide, please contact us here for a consultation. Thanks again and good luck with your travels!


By Paula Davies on September 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Hi, I really hope u can help me. I want to rescue a dog and take her back to England were I live. She is half starved and scared of her own shadow. She has a clip on her ear but she is living on rough land and is scavenging . The neighbours leave dried food and water out for the stray dogs but she is so timid she can't get to the food in time so I have been feeding her.. I am staying in Altinkum Bodrum . Is there anyway I can take her home and if so how do I get started! Thank you. Kind regards Paula Davies

By on September 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hello Paula, thank you for reaching out to us!

It is possible to move pets from Turkey to the United Kingdom. As mentioned in the post above, the UK considers Turkey as an "unlisted country," which means there are a few more requirements for import to follow. You can read these requirements here.

Also, just in case you find it more helpful, here is the UK government's website that mentions approved routing and labs for testing.

If you need help beyond this, please let us know here and one of our consultants will be happy to reach out to you. Best of luck with everything!

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