Shipping Pets To Turkey

Turkey Pet Shipping - This is a summary of the main points only, please contact APHA for revised regulations.

Charter airlines state that pets MUST be accompanied for their journey.
One person can take a maximum of two animals (accompanied)into Turkey.
Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around.

From the UK the following paperwork is required:


An Import Permit obtained from Turkey - only required if pets travel unaccompanied.

Unaccompanied pets will not be allowed entry unless and Import Permit has been obtained from the following:

Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Akay Cad No 3,


An Official Export Health Certificate, which must be applied for from APHA.  This must be completed and certified by your OV within 24 hours of the flight.


A written declaration stating that the animal has not been imported into Great Britain during the last six months.


All pets to be exported should be fitted with a microchip.


Your pet cat or dog should be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entry into Turkey if it is not currently vaccinated.  If your pet is due for a booster, the wait will not apply as long as the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was administered.  Turkey does not accept the 3 year rabies vaccination.


A rabies titre test is required for all pets entering Turkey. It is highly recommended that the blood sample is taken 30 days after the vaccination against rabies. The blood must be sent to a government approved laboratory for testing. There is no waiting period after the satisfactory result has been obtained before your pet can enter Turkey.

Updated 14.05.2021

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