Bringing Pets to Sri Lanka

You must have a valid import permit to take your pet (dog, cat, bird, etc.) with you when entering Sri Lanka.

Your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to entry into the country. If travelling from the United States or Canada, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the International Veterinary Certificate for Sri Lanka for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA. If you are not travelling from either of these countries, the relevant authority of your country should endorse the forms. A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included.

Dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and kennel cough. Cats should be vaccinated against feline infectious enteritis, respiratory viral diseases.

Sri Lanka requires an application forms which should be sent to the DG/APH together with the International Veterinary Certificate. Your pet must be treated against ticks and certain tapeworms 24 to 48 hours prior to entering Sri Lanka using an approved treatment.

Present these documents for clearance at the port of entry. Import Permit Vaccination Certificate in case of pet dogs and cats.

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. If you take your pet to Sri Lanka without first obtaining a permit, your pet will be re-exported to your port of embarkation.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorised veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place the dog or cat in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet, or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.

All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibian, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of Sri Lanka.

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