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Special requirements for dogs traveling to the United States

  • On flights departing from Moldova or Ukraine and arriving in the USA, only 1 cage (containing no more than 2 animals of the same breed/siblings) is accepted per passenger.
  • In accordance with the decision taken by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of July 14, 2021, due to the possibility of rabies, any dog (including service dogs) that is traveling from a high-risk country or that has been in a high-risk country within six months prior to the flight will be temporarily banned from entering the USA.
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  • In accordance with the rules of the country of destination, valid vaccination certificate, identity card and other necessary documents for assistance dogs must be provided by the passenger in order for the assistance dog to be permitted on the flight In addition, all documents must be sent to the following e-mail addresses 48 hours before the flight:
  • As of December 1, 2021, passengers traveling with their dogs to the USA from high-risk countries do not need to obtain CDC approval if they meet the following conditions. The process is the same for passengers who do not meet the specified conditions. This practice also applies to service dogs (SVAN). All dogs must be healthy on arrival. Please click here for more information and the list of approved airports.
    • Dogs must have a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued by the USA,
    • The rabies vaccination certificate is from a veterinarian in the USA and the date is appropriate,
    • Dogs must have a verifiable microchip,
    • Dogs must be least 6 months old,
    • Dogs must be healthy on arrival,
    • If entering from CDC approved airports.
  • If the dog fails to meet all the requirements listed above, the passenger must apply for a CDC dog exit permit.
  • In order to transport a pet, the relevant documents required by the destination country must be complete and valid.
  • Some countries do not permit pets to enter, exit or transit with the passenger.
  • In accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Türkiye, pets must have a health certificate from a veterinarian prior to traveling from Türkiye to another country (Origin and Veterinary Health Certificate for non-commercial movements of cats, dogs, and ferrets with passengers to the Republic of Türkiye). If the animal does not have this certificate, it will not be permitted on the flight.
  • Domestic animals such as the Sivas Kangal, the Angora Cat and the Van Cat, which are indigenous to Türkiye and under protection, are accepted on international flights departing from Türkiye and arriving abroad provided that approval is obtained prior to the flight from the relevant directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Türkiye.
  • Transporting pets in the aircraft’s cabin is subject to the laws of the country regarding the entry/exit and transit of livestock. For more information, please refer to TIM/TIMATIC resources.
  • Dangerous breeds and their crossbreeds such as the Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Pitbull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro and American Bully are not permitted on some flights due to international aviation rules.
  • Dangerous breeds such as the American Bulldog, Bandog Tosa Inu, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, French Mastiff, Pincher and all Doberman breeds, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Mastiffs (except Bullmastiff), Wolfhounds, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Boerboel and hybrids of these breeds may only be transported in the cargo section pending acceptance by Turkish Cargo.
  • African gray parrots, which are within the scope of CITES-1 and whose scientific name is Psittacus Erithacus, is not permitted on our flights.
  • As of September 28, 2022, bringing dogs to Canada for commercial purposes from 100 countries, including Türkiye, is prohibited until further notice. In this context, dogs that will travel with the passenger in the aircraft’s cabin or cargo section must belong to the passenger. The passenger cannot travel with a dog belonging to someone else. If the passenger travels with a dog that is not their own, the dog will not be permitted to enter Canada upon arrival. Please review the general application rules here.
  • Pets may not be transported on any Turkish Airlines flights terminating in UK stations, including connecting flights.