Import Regulations for Pets arriving in Sri Lanka

Importing Cats & Dogs in to Sri Lanka

Health requirements when bringing pet dogs in to Sri Lanka

When importing a pet dog in to Sri Lanka, (personal pet or commercial), the importer must have a valid import permit and an import license issued by the Government of Sri Lanka.  Below are the requirements in order to obtain the import permits;

2.1.1. International Zoosanitary Veterinary Health Certificate Issued by the Government Veterinary Authority in the exporting country, attesting that;

  • Dog Identity with an ISO standard Microchip Number
  • Dog has been kept in the exporting country since birth or for the six (06) months period immediately prior to export to Sri Lanka;
  • The animal was found to be free of any infectious or any contagious diseases at the time of dispatch;
  • The animal was not in contact with animals showing clinical sign of any infectious or contagious disease including Aujeszky's disease, Filariasis, Leptospirosis, Rabies, Canine distemper, Infectious hepatitis, Canine parvovirus infection, and Dermatomycosis for a period of minimum three (03) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • The exporting country of the animal is either free from rabies. If not, the origin of the animal is an area free from quarantine restrictions for rabies and not within a radius of 25 km from the nearest known case of rabies during the period of minimum six (06) months immediately prior to embarkation;

2.1.2. Blood Test Reports

  • Negative test results for heartworm (Dirofilaria Immitis) with (ELISA or PCR or Knott’s) test done within 30 days before embarkation. If not the country free status declared a government veterinarian.
  • Negative test results for blood parasites including Babesia Gibsoni, Babesia Canis and Leishmaniasis. (within 30 days)

2.1.3. Vaccination Records

  • Against Rabies using an anti-rabies vaccine conforming to the potency standard given by the World Health Organization (WHO), not less than thirty (30) days and not more than six (06) months immediately prior to embarkation; In case of puppies under the age of three (03) months, the dam of the animal had vaccinated not less than (30) days but not more than six (06) months prior to the birth of this animal;
  • The animal was vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Canine parvovirus infection using recognized vaccines, not less than twenty-one (21) days and not more than four (04) months immediately prior to embarkation;

2.1.4. Parasitic Treatment Records

  • The animal was treated with a broad- spectrum anthelminthic recognized for its ability to eliminate internal helminths of dog, within seven (07) days prior to shipment – i.e. Bayer Drontal Plus, Agipraz Plus or any other suitable medication
  • The animal was treated for external parasites within seven (07) days immediately prior to shipment using a reliable parasiticide. i.e. Merial FRONTLINE® Spot On
  • This could be recorded on the pet’s vaccination booklet / Pet passport.

Health requirements when bringing pet cats in to Sri Lanka

When importing a pet cat in to Sri Lanka, (personal pet or commercial), the importer must have a valid import permit / import license issued by the Government of Sri Lanka.  Below are the requirements in order to obtain the import permits;


2.2.1. International Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the Government Veterinary Authority in the exporting country attesting that;

  • Cat Identity with an ISO standard Microchip Number
  • The cat is clinically healthy, free from signs of any infectious and contagious diseases and without any deformity at the time of dispatch;
  • The cat was not in contact with animal showing clinical signs of any infectious or contagious disease including Rabies, Aujeszky’s disease, Filariasis, Leptospirosis for a period of minimum three (3) months immediately prior to embarkation;

2.2.2. Blood Test Reports

  • Negative test results for heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) with (ELISA or PCR or Knott’s) test done within 30 days before the embarkation. If not the country free status declared a government veterinarian.

2.2.3. Vaccination Records

  • The cat has been vaccinated using recognized vaccines against Feline panleucopaenia and Rabies, not less than 30 days and not more than 06 months prior to embarkation.

2.2.4. Parasitic Treatment Records

  • The cat has been treated for intestinal parasites using a reliable broad- spectrum anthelmintic and, for external parasites within seven (07) days immediately prior to shipment. This could be recorded on the pet passport with the vet signature / stamp.

Import permits & Import licenses for pets in Sri Lanka

Once the application is reviewed, Pet Express will apply for the import permit / import license on behalf of the customer. The "import permit" application process approximately takes 05 Government working days.

Once the import permit is obtained, Pet Express will subsequently obtain the "import license" from the Import and Export Control Department of the Government of Sri Lanka. This process will take 05 Government working days.

The Import permit and import license are valid for 45 days from the date of issuance. 

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