Travelling to Iceland with dogs or cats

Innflutningur á hundum og köttum til Íslands
Rules on the import of animals to Iceland are quite strict and it is important to consider preparations for transport well in advance. Here you can find information about bringing animals into Iceland.

New regulations on the import and quarantining of dogs and cats came into force on 11 March 2020. The quarantine period has been shortened from 28 days to 14 days. New admissions are usually made to quarantine facilities every three weeks and the animals in each quarantine group must remain in isolation for a continuous period of 14 days. Check-in dates (usually Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays every 3rd week) are advertised on the quarantine centre's website.

  • Dogs/Cats can only be imported to Iceland from an approved exporting country.
  • You must obtain an import license issued by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) before the animal travels to the country.
  • The importer must book a place in a quarantine centre where the dog/cat must stay for a minimum of 14 days. 
  • The importer is responsible for ensuring that all import conditions are met. 
  • You can find all the necessary information in the relevant instructions (these differ for country categories 1 and 2).
  • You need to use the appropriate certificate form (D1 or D2). 
  • Once the certificate is completed and signed, it must be sent to MAST for approval no later than 5 days prior to import.

Further information on the process as a whole, a checklist and information on the cost of importing dogs and cats is available on the MAST website.

Travelling with pets

The same rules apply to travelling with animals as to importing them into Iceland. It makes no difference whether this is a short stay or a permanent transfer. The pets have to undergo a quarantine period. Rules on the import of pets are available on the MAST website and in the text above.

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