Turkey Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Planning pet transport to Turkey requires several weeks (and maybe months) of planning, but with plenty of research and assistance, it's possible to carry out safely and efficiently.

To start the process of bringing a dog to Turkey, make sure your vet is approved by the government authority in your country of origin. For example, if you're starting your journey in the United States your vet should be USDA accredited. From here, your pet needs to be microchipped (if not already) and then a rabies vaccine and titer test must be administered.

Standard vaccines are also required, as is an official Health Certificate. When bringing pets to Turkey you'll also need to prepare your pet for travel in general -- primarily this means spending the time to crate train your dog or cat so that the time spent in flight will feel as normal and uneventful as possible for them.

Your PetRelocation Specialist will oversee the steps below, but take a look now to familiarize yourself with how to import pets to Turkey.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Turkey

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.

Rabies Antibody Titer Test

After the rabies vaccination (at least 30 days later), pets must receive a Rabies Antibody Titer Test to ensure that the rabies vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels and must be tested by a government-approved facility. Your vet will send these to the approved lab. Please have your vet call them before sending to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location. The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above.

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP), Bordetella and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

Import Permit

Your PetRelocation Specialist will apply for this on your behalf.

Airline Health Certificate (APHIS 7001)

Your vet should have these in stock. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your veterinarian within 10 days of departure.

Additional Details

All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of the Pet Owner’s Passport
  • Original Rabies Vaccine Certificate
  • Original APHIS form 7001 with USDA endorsement
  • Original Import Permit

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