Bringing Your Pet to Turkey (Dog & Cat)

This blog post is on bringing your pet to Turkey when you are travelling as well as moving to Turkey. This is a general guide and different airlines might have different rules and they are subject to change. 

It can sound like a dramatic process to carry pets to Turkey from the United Kingdom and from other countries around the world; however, straightforward protocols by the Turkey government and pet transport firms would help ensure that your pet flies without discomfort. Thousands of people have transported dogs and cats to Turkey, and it is just as convenient for those who stay here just a few months a year to get them back.

This article includes things that you need to understand, but practises often vary so please do to double-check the services of an experienced pet transport firm in your own country with the Turkish consulate. Start the process at least 4 months before your trip to ensure that you comply with the time and dates necessary.

Bringing Your Pet to Turkey: Need to Know

Two cats, dogs, birds and 10 freshwater fish can be taken with you. Cats and dogs must be micro-chipped. Birds must have a tracking ring. The chip must be ISO compatible with 15 digits. Acquire a health certificate from a Government approved veterinarian in your country ten days before leaving your country. This qualification demonstrates that the internal and external parasites are vaccinated with your animals.

Get a pet passport or ID card before you leave. If you wish to carry in more than two animals, even if you do not pursue them on a tour, get an import permit from the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture.

Additional records include a certificate of rabies vaccine showing all vaccines, of which no more than 12 months prior to delivery and not fewer than 30 days until arrival. Turkey would not consider vaccine of rabies for three years

Take a titer blood test 90 days before entering an accredited laboratory. If all above is adhered to, your fuzzy pal wants no quarantine. When you enter, the Turkish border workers will talk to a Turkish vet to search your pet for health tests.

Prohibited Breeds and Restrictions on Pets

Pet dogs such as Pitbull Terriers, Rottweilers and Japanese Toga, Dogo Argentina, some Mastiff breeds, American Staffordshire Terriers and Fila Brasilein may be prohibited from entering Turkey. If your animal is anything but a dog, cat or ferret, verify that it is not protected by the CITIES.

This is the International Trade Convention for endangered wild flora and animal species and you require extra licences if they are protected by this status of protection. This refers to grey parrots in Africa. You require a State USDA veterinarian credential when you are taking a pet from the United States.

Travelling to Turkey with Pets Via Road or Air

Turkish Airlines is actually the only carrier that flies for pets in Turkey. Pregnant animals, mothers or puppies and kittens are not permitted on their flights under ten weeks. They are not allowed in. You can fly in the cabin if your pet weighs 8 kilogrammes or less if you are in a cage. Although the freight must be contained inside a travel box for parrots, bigger animals, and pigeons.

Many people bring cats or dogs by road. The causes include more convenient travel plans, less tension for four-legged pets, no need to be apart and also a small journey by staying in animal-friendly hotels, stopping to visit cities, towns and sights on the way.

Returning to the EU from Turkey with a Dog

If you plan to return to Europe with your dog from Turkey or even move elsewhere but are obviously going to travel through an EU region, you should also be ready for rules for a dog from Turkey to travel with the EU. As this is required in Turkey, at least 21 days in advance you will already have a microchip and a rabies vaccine. (Make sure your return will still be accurate or get a booster shot.)

But you would still need a Raby title exam, because Turkey is not on the excluded list of countries, to go into the EU with your puppy. The easiest thing to do is to leave the EU at a laboratory authorised by the EU so it is not a time to hesitate. (If you did it in Turkey, otherwise a waiting time of three months will apply.) As you probably have to reach Turkey with your puppy, you just did so three months prior to your trip to Turkey. This result will never expire until you join the EU, if you keep the vaccination of your dog against rabies up-to-date. 

Travelling around Turkey with a Dog

Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines can easily travel around Turkey with your puppy, with domestic pets allowed in the cabin and at fair expense When you fly with a little dog, you can catch trains travelling via TCDD when it comes to shorter distances (Turkish State Railways). Small pets in a cage are allowed, light enough to bear, so long as they are not distracting.

You may be asked to bring the ID and health certificate of your pet (for example, EU animal passport) and you will even have to purchase a half-price fare for them. (It is not clear that this is only feasible if you want an extra seat – a double search of the station) (in Turkish only).

However, it is safer to rent a car while you are travelling with a bigger dog or to places which cannot be reached by rail. The good condition of the roadways in Turkey is big, close to roads elsewhere in Europe. (Larger dogs are not allowed on trains, plus dogs are allowed on buses in the baggage bag only. I do not advise.)

Finally, dogs are allowed on open-air ferries on the outside of the deck if you take ferries in Turkey. Small dogs must be in an enclosure, while bigger dogs require a collar and muzzle. Check the ferry form before booking, plus any additional rules. 

Now you know more about how to bring your pet to Turkey, if you are looking to purchase property with Kingsman Estates please contact us directly and our dedicated team at Kingsman Estates investor centre will be more than willing to help you with all your needs. We are a boutique Turkish professional estate agency concentrating solely on international investors to purchase property in Turkey whether they are entering the diversifying their portfolio in the Turkish property market.

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