This procedure is extremely complicated, and T&T strongly recommend that you get guidance from an expert on this. Please note that some companies can charge an absolute fortune, so it is worth looking around. We would advise that your first port-of-call is The Dog Lady’s House (http://www.daph.gov.lk/), other specialists include Pet Express (www.petexpress.lk), a pet travel specialist 077 274 3253, also Trans Global relocation (www.t-grelo.com). Some information regarding the procedure of importing animals can be found on the website for Sri Lanka’s Department of Animal Protection and Health.
GETTING YOUR PET IN AND OUT OF THE COUNTRY
Below is a brief outline of the procedure as we at T&T understand it:
- You must have a valid import permit issued by the Director General of Animal Production & Health (DG/APH) of Sri Lanka and subsequently, an import license issued by the Import and Export Control Department of the Government of Sri Lanka to take your pet with you when entering Sri Lanka. You are required to send a specific application forms to the DG/APH in order to obtain the import permit after which you can acquire the import license, both steps can each take around 5 government working days. Once obtained, they must be presented together with documents called International Veterinary Health Certificates which are issued by the government veterinary authority in your country and constitute verified blood test reports, vaccination records and parasitic treatment records that prove compliance with all Sri Lanka’s requirements. These documents must be presented for clearance at the port of entry along with an Import Permit Vaccination Certificate in the case of dogs and cats: if you take your pet to Sri Lanka without first obtaining a permit, your pet will be deported to your port of embarkation.
- Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to entry into the country. A copy of the rabies certificate should also be included in your documentation.
- If traveling from the USA or Canada, a USDA (CFIA) accredited vet must complete the International Veterinary Certificate for Sri Lanka for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the relevant authority of your country can endorse the forms.
- Dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and kennel cough (more than 21 days before travel and less than 4 months from the day the pet arrived). Cats should be vaccinated against feline infectious enteritis, respiratory viral diseases. Your pet must be treated against ticks and certain tapeworms 24 to 48 hours prior to entering Sri Lanka using an approved treatment. If you take your pet to Sri Lanka without it having had the necessary inoculations, they will be given upon arrival in Sri Lanka and your pet may be quarantined.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorized veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place the dog or cat in quarantine at the expense of the owner, or (as a last resort), without financial compensation, put the pet down, in which case a return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.
All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the same regulations with respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements such as limits to the number of animals imported and certificates relating to other diseases.
T&T TIP Turkish Airlines, are extremely pet friendly and will allow you to fly with your dog in the passenger cabin if it’s under a certain size.