Pet Passport Malta
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Malta from a
rabies free country OR A
country with a low incidence of rabies*:
Malta does not quarantine healthy pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) from the above countries having resided there for the preceeding six (6) months that meet the following requirements in this order:
- ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can
bring your own
- Rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days* prior to entry and not more than
the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret has been
vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be
vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
- For pets entering Malta from a
country with a high incidence of rabies,
a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than one month after
rabies vaccination. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's
microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved
laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your
pet can enter Malta 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and
avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Malta from
a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian must
then complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for Malta
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these
countries, endorsement is not required unless your country mandates
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for
endorsement (if applicable).
- A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Malta.
This completes a passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Malta.
*After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter Malta whenever you like as long as
booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 3 months of age are not permitted to enter Malta.
When entering Malta for commercial purposes such as breeding
or sale, pets require
additional forms and different rules apply.
When arriving in the United Kingdom by air, all pets, with the exception of service animals, must do so by manifest cargo on approved airlines. Approved Border Posts for arrival by air are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Manchester (pets accompanied by owners only), Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.
If your dog or cat is entering Malta from the Malaysian Peninsula, it may not enter the country unless it is accompanied with a certificate issued by the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services which confirms the following:
- Your pet has had no contact with pigs within 60 days of export.
- Your pet has not been residing in an area where any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed in the 60 days previous to export.
- Your pet has a negative result on a blood test taken within 10 days of export and analyzed by a laboratory approved for testing Nipah viruses
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Malta. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Malta. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a
turtle or parrot, you should verify that
it is not protected under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
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