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 Jean Belfield on December 3, 2018 at 4:12 am

Hi I need some advice on pet travel I have a small breed dog who can travel in the cabin. Due to unforseen circumstances I need to travel from Turkey to UK. She does have a UK pet passport and her rabies is valid until 11/8/2020. I still have the titre test certificate which accompanied this vactination... Will I only need to get a pet health check certificate to enable her to travel and return back to Turkey?? If how do I obtain on and will it have to be a turkish version or will a UK one be acceptable???

By Maegan at PetRelocation on December 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Hi Jean! If you have a UK pet passport and valid rabies & titer test report - your vet will need to issue an UK health certificate within 5 days of traveling stating she is fit-to-fly. She will also need a tapeworm treatment within 5 days of traveling in order to enter the UK. Hope this helps!

By Senem ICel on May 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Hello,I have a quick enquiry. I would like to travel from the UK to Turkey and then back to the UK with my bichon frise. She has all the necessary requirements according to DEFRA (microchip, rabies vaccination, blood titre, Pet passport). As we are travelling by car, we will of course be going through a number on countries on the way there and on the way back. We will be using a ferry to cross from the UK to France and vice versa on the way back .Providing she has the worming treatment done as required (24-120hrs) prior to entry into the UK, will there be any problems at border control as we have come by car?Many thanks in advance!

By Adam Lind on May 25, 2018 at 9:05 am

Hello Senem, how are you? I wonder what dates you are planning to do this? I am a traveller from the UK who has been on the move for 2 years and am currently in Turkey, I have foudn the musical instrument of my dreams here but am struggling to find a way to safely get it back to the UK by car. I know this is a strange favour, but is there any way i would be able to pay you to take the instrument back to England if i make it as easy as possible for you? and of course pay you for the favour.. contact me on

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Hi Senem! Thanks for your question. When pets exit a country, they lose "import status" which means when you bring your pet back to the UK, you will need to follow the UK's complete import procedures. According to DEFRA, Turkey is not an EU-approved country so you will face a stricter set of requirements to return to the UK from Turkey. In particular, you must have a blood test carried out at an approved lab. Also, you will need to make sure the ferry is an approved route by DEFRA to re-enter the country. The best solution would be to contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline if you need more information about pet travel. Hope this has been of assistance to you!

By Sam on April 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Hi, my family and I are relocating to Turkey fro the UK and are hoping to bring both of our cats. We are currently getting quotes for a door-to-door service and have been advised to take on an agent in Turkey to oversee the customs procedure for getting our cats into Turkey. The cost for an agent in Turkey to see the pets through customs seems quite high. He will be charging us 767 Euros for "import declaration, customs import formalities, government vet control, pick up from international terminal, handing the pets to us at the airport." He also explains that there are extra 250 Euro costs for "airline release agent fee, customs import tax and customs storage charge." Finally, as the pets will be arriving after 3:30 PM he says we need to pay 200 Euros for overtime to get them through. Can anyone clarify the following: What is the purpose of having an agent in a Turkish airport to oversee the customs process? What does the Turkish agent do that cannot be done by ourselves? Would choosing to complete the customs process ourselves in Turkey severely hamper our ability to make the process run smoothly? Thanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Hi Sam! Thanks for your question. In our experience, it is quite costly to relocate a pet internationally. Feel free to read through this blog post "Why Does It Cost So Much?" We typically suggest hiring a door-to-door service that manages the destination side of your move so that all the logistics are managed by one point of contact. However, if that is not in your budget, a local custom agent in Turkey would be valuable as they are familiar with navigating the customs clearance processes, are familiar with the local language, etc. If you'd like for one of our consultants to reach out to you, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

By Tammy on April 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

I’m wanting to transport my cat from turkey to Australia. It’s all very confusing as I was reading that if I transport her to Greece it would be easiest to get her into Australia? Is this true? I’m currently looking to microchip her and get a rabies injections for her but I live in Istanbul and I’m not sure who is best to do this? Can I get this at a standard vet? Or do I need to take her to Ankara?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Hi Tammy,Thanks for your question. As you may know, Turkey is considered to be a “non-approved” country according to DAFF. Per the updated rules, you may perform the initial veterinary work in Turkey so long as the RNATT is analyzed by a DAFF approved laboratory. Check out the requirements here.

Then, your pet will need to travel to an approved country to have the remaining veterinary work performed, and depart straight to Australia. If you’re starting from the beginning, you will need at least 180 days’ total lead time.

We have a team dedicated to Australia moves so if you are looking to hire a service to help, please fill out our  Arrange a Move Form here. Looking forward to helping!

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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!

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 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 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 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.

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