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Policies & Requirements

** The veterinarian must be approved and accredited by the Government Veterinarian Authority of the pet’s departing country. If the pet is departing Canada, the veterinarian used must be CFIA approved. 

** All dates must be written in the ISO (International Standards): dd/mm/yyyy

** All documentation must be completed in blue ink


1. Microchip

The pet must be implanted with a microchip that is compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785). Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination. 

2. Vaccinations


Valid Certification of DHLPP Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 6 months and 15 days prior importation.


Valid Certification of FVRCP Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 6 months and 15 days prior importation.

Cats may only transport into Sri Lanka from a country that is BSE-free because Sri Lanka is striving to be BSE free. 

To import into Sri Lanka, pets must originate from a country that is rabies-free, or, for a period of six (6) months prior to transport, originate from an area that is a 25 km radius away from any known case of rabies.

The country of origin must also be free from heartworm infestation. If not, the pet must be treated with microfilacide twice over two (2) weeks, and the second treatment is administered four (4) weeks prior transport.

The pet must not have been in contact with any of the following diseases three months immediately prior transport: Aujeszky`s disease, Canine distemper, Canine parvo virus infection, Dermatomycosis, Filiarisis, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Rabies.

3. Permits & Licenses 

Import Permit, International Sanitary Permit, and Quarantine Permit must be obtained from The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the country of import. Copies of all vaccine stickers must be provided to obtain import permit. 

4. Veterinarian Health Certificate 

The pet must be accompanied by a Veterinarian Health Certificate, available here, that must be issued 10 days prior to departure.

5. CFIA Endorsement

The following forms must be sent to the local CFIA for their stamp of approval: Microchip Implantation Record, Veterinary Health Certificate and Rabies Certificate.

6. Customs

To clear customs, the following must be provided: a copy of the pet owner’s passport, a copy of the visa (if available), a white card, and a note from the pet owner’s employer on company letterhead explaining the relocation.

7. Quarantine

Post transport, pets are subject to a quarantine period of thirty days in the owner’s premises. The owner must sign the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement with the Animal Quarantine Officer, Katunayake, at time of import. 

8. All of the original documentation must travel with the pet

9. Complete all of the preparatory procedures outlined in The VIP Sitters Pet Relocation Guide for Cats & Dogs

Airlines and countries constantly make changes to their policies and regulations. Please note that the information available on this website may not be up to date with current requirements. 

VIP Sitters arranges all of the necessary documentation for you so, together, we can safely, legally, and easily transport your pets anywhere in the world. Let us help you. Request a quote by sharing your travel plans with us. We’d love to hear from you!

* If a paritcular country is not listed or you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact us anytime

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