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Pet Transportation: Iraq

Know the nitty gritties of importing or exporting your pet to and from Iraq

By Relocation Expert
March 27, 2012

Moving to a new country with your pet can be a hassle if you are not familiar with the complex rules and regulations governing the transportation of animals. It is highly recommended that you use a professional pet transportation service to avoid the many problems that can arise if transit is not handled properly.

At Move One, we provide top-notch pet transportation services and advise clients in our many locations on the requirements needed to import or export their beloved pet. To make your relocation as hassle-free as possible, Move One profiles a country every month, providing an in-depth look at Relocation, Immigration, Moving and Pet Transportation issues, which could pose problems for expats.

This month, we take a closer look at pet transport regulations in Iraq.

Import of Pets

The following documents are required for import customs clearance of pets (dogs and cats) coming to Iraq:

  • Pet’s passport /vaccination history – including up to date vaccines. Rabies vaccine has to be at least 30 days, but not more than 1 year old prior to arrival to Iraq
  • Microchip
  • International health certificate endorsed by government vet at country of origin
  • Copy of owner’s passport
  • Copy of owner’s residence or work permit for Iraq. For diplomats – copy of client’s diplomatic accreditation
  • Power of attorney – allowing Move One to act on client’s behalf
  • Import permit issued by Iraqi Ministry of Health – Move One can apply for it on client’s behalf

The following documents are required for import customs clearance of working dogs coming to Iraq:

  • Vaccination history including microchip identification
  • International health certificate endorsed by government vet at country of origin
  • Working certifications
  • Details of the company that is the final consignee for the dogs
  • Copies of the contract that the dogs are coming into country under
  • Import permit issued by Iraqi Ministry of Health

All document copies need to be translated into Arabic at the time of applying for the import permit. It is possible to arrange pre-clearance of live animals arriving to Iraq, with the import permit ready and approval received by Iraqi central customs.

Export of Pets

Please note that export of pets from Baghdad area is not feasible. It is possible to arrange pet export from Kurdistan. Documents required but not limited to:

  • Pet’s passport / vaccination history – including up to date vaccines (minimum 30 days, but less than 1 year old at the time of travel)
  • Microchip number
  • Health certificate issued by Iraqi government vet
  • Power of attorney to authorize Move One to arrange export clearance – template provided by Move One

Because of the changing requirements, Iraqi customs may require additional paperwork to be provided. Please contact Move One for confirmation of the current documentation requirements before the planned trasnsportation.

If you are about to travel with your pet, watch this informational video, created by Move One’s Pet Transportation department, about how to select the appropriate kennel when relocating your pet:

If you would like to book your pet’s specific relocation with Move One, or for further information about our general pet relocation services, please contact us at One of our dedicated animal relocation agents will follow up with you shortly with a quote tailor-made to your needs.

Rest of the series:

Relocation: Iraq
Immigration: Iraq
Moving: Iraq

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