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Importing live animals to Iceland is strictly prohibited. An import permit issued by MAST is required to import pets to the country. In addition to an import permit, pets must fulfill requirements of vaccinations and testing.

Once an application has been received, MAST will send the applicant the necessary information on how to proceed with the preparation of importation.

Import permit applications

Certificates of health and origin


Information on importing dogs and cats to Iceland

Checklist for printing (pdf)

Import permit
Apply for an import permit to the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST). The animal must be microchipped. All applicants must pay a surveillance fee. Once the application has been received, MAST will send information on the amount and payment details. When paying, please send a copy of the receipt to mast@mast.is. When MAST receives confirmation of payment, the import permit will be issued and you will be sent all necessary information. 

Health requirements for import
Study the requirements regarding vaccinations and laboratory tests, and note the time limits that must be upheld.

Quarantine 

Make a reservation for the animal at a quarantine facility. Pets imported into Iceland are required to stay in quarantine for 4 weeks. There is one quarantine station in Iceland and animals are admitted for one three-day period each month.  Dogs and cats cannot be imported outside of these preset dates, as the stations run on an „all in - all out“ principle.  Please note that in the case of irregularities (e.g. disease in one or more animals) the whole group might be detained for longer than 4 weeks. For further information on admission dates, fees and other practical matters, please contact the quarantine station (www.einangrun.is). Please make your reservation well in advance.

Transport
Book a flight. Note that Keflavik Airport is the only approved port of entry for pets. The permitted hours for pets at Keflavik are between 05:00 and 17:00 on the quarantine admission days. For arrival outside these specified hours an application must be sent to MAST one week in advance. The arrival of a pet outside of the permitted hours will result in considerable additional costs payable by the importer in relation to inspection and supervision.

Transport crate
Provide a transport crate for the animal. The crate should be big enough so that the animal can stand, lie and turn around. The crate should be of a material easy to clean and disinfect. Soft carrier bags are not acceptable. If the crate can not be cleaned and disinfected it will be destroyed after importation.

Send certificates for pre-approval
At least 5 days before the date of importation a copy of the Certificate of Health and Origin for Import of a Dog/Cat must be sent to the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority. Send a copy by fax: +354 530 4801 or email: mast@mast.is). Make sure that the certificate is fully completed, and that the flight information is clearly stated. It is imperative that a correct phone number and email are included on the certificate. 

The following originals should accompany the animal to Iceland:  1) Import permit, 2) Certificate of Health and Origin, 3) Rabies antibody titre test report. The documents must be attached securely (preferably in a waterproof envelope) on the transport crate.

Customs fee
Please note that a customs fee is payable on pets purchased within the previous 12 months.  For further information on customs fees, please contact Directorate of Customs at upplysingar@tollur.is or tel: +354 569 1750.

 

Dogs - vaccinations, laboratory tests and treatments

Vaccination

Maximum time from vacc. to date of import

Minimum time from vacc. to date of import

Rabies

365 days

120 days *

Leptospirosis

180 days

30 days

Canine Distemper

730 days

30 days

Contagious Hepatitis

365 days

30 days

Parvovirus

365 days

30 days

Laboratory Test

When?

Required result

Rabies antibody titre test - blood sample

See text below*

>/= 0,5 IU/ml

Brucellosis- blood sample

Within 30 days before import

Negative

Salmonella- faeces sample

Within 30 days before import

Negative

Treatment

When?

 

Echinococus

Within 10-5 days before import

 

External parasites

Within 10-5 days before import

 


Cats - vaccinations, laboratory tests and treatments

Vaccination

Maximum time from vacc. to date of import

Minimum time from vacc. to date of import

Rabies

365 days

120 days *

Feline Panleukopenia

365 days

30 days

Feline Rhinotracheitis

365 days

30 days

Calicivirus

365 days

30 days

Laboratory Test

When?

Required result

Rabies antibody titre test - blood sample

See text below*

>/= 0,5 IU/ml

FIV- blood sample

Within 30 days before import

Negative

FeLV- blood sample

Within 30 days before import

Negative

Salmonella- faeces sample

Within 30 days before import

Negative

Treatment

When?

 

Tapeworm (Echinococcus)

Within 10-5 days before import

 

External parasites

Within 10-5 days before import

 

*Rabies vaccination and blood testing- For pets coming from Rabies countries:
  • Your pet must must be fully vaccinated against Rabies, using an approved, killed vaccine. 
  • Your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies in the last 365 days prior to arrival in Iceland. 
  • The primary vaccination must be given after your pet is microchipped and is at least 12 weeks of age.
  • As a confirmation of a successful vaccination, your pet must have a rabies antibody titre blood test at least 30 days after a currently valid rabies vaccination. 
  • The blood test should be performed at a laboratory approved the EU and have a result of antibody levels at a minimum of 0.5 IU/ml. EU approved laboratories: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm
  • Following a successful blood test, your pet would be authorised to enter Iceland (with respect to Rabies) at least 120 days after a primary vaccination. 
  • For animals given regular booster vaccinations within the period recommended by the manufacturer, this waiting period is reduced to 30 days after the last valid booster vaccination.
Rabies free countries: If your pet has spent at least the last 6 months prior to arrival in Iceland in a Rabies-free country, then Rabies vaccination and blood testing are not a requirement for import into Iceland. The following countries are considered rabies free countries: Australia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway (excluding Svalbard), Sweden, United Kingdom