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(Requires a 3 to 4-month preparation process in South Africa)


1. Age of Animal


To travel to Turkey, your pet must be at least 7 months or older. They need their own Rabies vaccination, which can be given at 12 weeks, and a Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test report (details in section 5).


2. Microchip


Your pet must be microchipped. The microchip should be implanted either before or at the same time as the Rabies vaccination. Only a microchip implanted by an official, registered veterinarian will be accepted for export purposes.


Please note: Ensure that the microchip is readable by ISO-compatible readers. If a microchip fails, a new one must be implanted, and the entire process must be restarted. This means a new Rabies vaccination will need to be administered, either on the same day or after the new microchip is implanted.


3. Rabies Vaccination


Your pet’s primary Rabies vaccination must be older than 30 days, but not older than one year. Some three-year Rabies vaccinations may be accepted depending on the manufacturer’s specifications, so check with one of our consultants to confirm.


Please note: Only a registered veterinarian can administer these vaccinations for export purposes. Vaccinations given by a veterinary nurse, breeder, or welfare organization staff are not accepted.


4. Annual Vaccinations


Annual vaccinations for dogs and cats are recommended. The vaccinations must be older than 30 days but not older than one year upon arrival. A valid vaccination certificate will be necessary if your pet requires boarding or kenneling before or after travel.


For Dogs: Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza, Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough), and Leptospirosis.


For Cats: Feline Panleukopenia (Infectious Enteritis/Feline Distemper), Feline Rhinotracheitis, and Feline Calicivirus.


Please note: As with Rabies, these vaccinations must be administered by a registered veterinarian.


5. Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (RNATT)


Blood samples must be collected at least 30 - 31 days after the Rabies vaccination. There is no waiting period after the blood test has been done, pets can travel once the original report has been received.


Please note: Blood for export purposes must be drawn exclusively by a registered veterinarian. All required information must be accurately completed on the laboratory submission form.


6. Import Permit


No Import Permit is required for pets travelling to Turkey. But, one day before arrival, a Veterinary Entry Document should be obtained from the Agriculture and Forest Ministry Ataturk Airport Veterinary Border Control Point Directorate to expedite the clearance.


7. Treatments


Internal & External parasite treatment needs to be done with the Health Certificate.


8. Health Certificate


Your pet must have an Official Third Country Health Certificate issued by a private veterinarian, confirming compliance with the above requirements, and countersigned by the State Vet. This must be done within 48 hours of departure. We provide our clients with a completed and accurate Health Certificate, along with clear guidance on what needs to be done.


If you have any further questions, please contact Global Paws. We're here to help!

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