Note: All information provided is subject to change - please contact the Ministry directly for updated information.
As in all countries, there are limitations to bringing animals into Israel.
- Pet dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and rodents which are not considered wildlife, up to two of each type, accompanied by their owners, are exempt from a Veterinary Import Permit provided that:
- A Veterinary Health Certificate, issued by a government veterinary officer in the country of origin within 7 days prior to export is attached, stating that the animals were examined, found healthy, free from infectious and contagious diseases, and that a declaration has been received from the owner stating that the animals have been in his/her possession for at least the last 90 days.
- An international certificate of vaccination stating that the dogs or cats have been vaccinated against rabies, not more than a year and not less than a month prior to shipment to Israel* (* except from Oceania, Great Britain and Cyprus, such dogs have to be vaccinated against rabies within 5 days after arrival).
- Dogs and cats, younger than 3 months will not be admitted. Following details of every import of animals must be notifies to the Ramla Quarantine Station at least 48 hours prior to arrival to Israel: owner, animal species, age, flight number and approximate time of arrival. Animals arriving in good health and properly certified will generally not be quarantined.
- Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents more than two of each, or such animals arriving unaccompanied by their owners and other animal species arriving with or without their owners, require a Veterinary Import Permit, issued by the Director of Veterinary Services. A written application for such a permit is to be presented with a payable cheque for the fees, by a person living in Israel, not less than 10 days before the planned date of departure of the animals.
The application shall include:
- Animal species;
- Date of expected arrival in Israel;
- Country of origin;
- Other details.
These documents should then be sent to:
The Director of Veterinary Services or Ramla Quarantine Station (address below).
The permit, if granted, will include all needed veterinary conditions and requirements pertaining to the referred animal.
- The introduction of wild animals or animals whose usual habitat is not amongst human beings, regardless to their origins requires furthermore a written permission in advance from the Nature Reserves Authority, Jerusalem (Tel: 02-5005463; Fax: 02-5005459).
- The importation of monkeys to Israel is generally prohibited.
- Importation of horses – An application for the importation of horses shall be made not less than 60 days before their planned departure, to anable the completion of required tests and attestations to be made abroad.
Unaccompanied animals, or such which require an import permit, shall be quarantined in an official quarantine station for a period of 8 days or as decided upon by the Director.
Animals arriving in Israel without the above mentioned documents will be returned to the countries of origin at the owner's expense, or destroyed, as stated by law.
For more information, please contact:
The Director of Veterinary Services
P.O. Box 12,
Beit Dagan 50250,
Ramla Quarantine Station
P.O. Box 63,
Fax: (972-3) 968-8963/ 960-5194