Pet Relocation to Iceland


PET RELOCATION; All pets must be accompanied by a Import Permit issued by the Icelandic Authorities. Importation of live animals into the country is rigidly controlled by Icelandic law. You must apply to the Ministry for Agriculture for permission to bring a pet into the country. If permission is granted by the state veterinary surgeon, the pet must be accompanied by a export health certificate, signed, stamped and dated within 5 days by a licensed government veterinarian in country of origin. and a vaccination certificate. These documents must be attached to the permit upon arrival in Iceland. Precautions must be taken to ensure that the animal does not come into contact with other animals en route. Notification must be made to the head veterinary surgeon at least 48 hours before the arrival of the pet. On arrival the pet will be taken immediately to the quarantine area in Hrisey (an island in the north of Iceland), where it will be examined by the quarantine veterinarian. Quarantine; The quarantine period is 6 weeks for pets coming directly from the U.K., Norway, and Sweden. Animals coming from elsewhere have an 8-week quarantine. Pit Bulls and Sharpe are banned from Iceland. Special permission must be sought to import a Rottwieler or Doberman. These are guidelines only which are subject to change. Contact the Embassy of Iceland for current requirements about bringing pets into their country.