Taking a dog to Iceland

Dog in Iceland

Flying with pets can be a daunting task. Flying with dogs can be even more difficult.  Bringing your dog to Iceland can be quite complicated and can take an immense amount of planning and preparation work. Requirements for taking your dog to Iceland can be quite strict and include several forms, an import application fee, and four weeks of quarantine. Also, completion of these various vaccinations and forms can take several months, so if you want to take your dog, plan early.
 
Import applications for dogs and cats are available from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority. After the application has been sent in with proofs of health and treatments, it will likely be approved within 2-3 weeks. Then, you must take care of the import fee (about 20,000 ISK) and schedule the quarantine in Iceland for your dog or cat.
 
It is important to read over all the requirements regarding necessary vaccinations (e.g. rabies, parvo, distemper), examinations, medical treatment etc. since some have to be completed well in advance of taking your dog to Iceland. The blank form for the Certificate of Health and Origin by the Chief Veterinary Officer of Iceland is the only certificate that will be accepted.


Flying with Dogs: At the Airport

The District Veterinarian inspects all pets at the Airport of Entry upon arrival to Iceland and ascertains that they do not have any symptoms of infectious diseases. It is necessary that all Import permits, required Certificates and a positive comment from the Chief Veterinary Officer of Iceland are on hand.

The dog must be transported from the country of export to Iceland without coming in contact with other animals. If the dog comes from a country without rabies, transport through a country with rabies is not permitted unless the dog remains in the international zone of the airport. 
Countries without rabies (dogs and cats who have remained in a country without rabies 6 months prior to importation) do not have to be vaccinated against rabies: Australia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Great Britain, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New-Zealand, Norway (Svalbard not included), Sweden.


Please note that Iceland renews animal import regulations every year. By the time you travel, there may be slight procedural changes for dogs. Always check for official updates before taking your dog to Iceland.


For a complete checklist on flying with dogs to Iceland, see:


http://www.mast.is/library/Lei%C3%B0beiningar/ChecklistIportationofdogsandcatstoiceland.pdf

Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority

Austurvegi 64
800 Selfoss
Iceland
Tel: +354 530 4800
www2.mast.is