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When you’re travelling to Tunisia, you need to make sure that all the following requirements are met and you have the proper documentation handy or else, your pet may be quarantined while it waits to be shipped back home. These regulations and policies apply to countries that have a low occurrence of rabies commonly found in household pets.

Importing Your Pets Into Tunisia

If you don’t know if your country qualifies, contact the Tunisian authorities to point you in the direction of someone who can properly answer your question.

Also, please be aware that pet import regulations, policies and standards do change all the time. This is often with little or no notice so you need to prepare ahead of time and make sure you have the correct paperwork per the current and up to date regulations.

If you’re bringing a service animal with you whether it’s physical or emotional, the same requirements will also apply to those animals as well, no exceptions.



Does My Pet Have to Be Microchipped to Get into Tunisia?

No, it doesn’t. Regardless of the breed or type of pet you have, it’s not usually required to have any kind of microchip. However, if you don’t have a microchip, it’s suggested that you get one anyways just to make sure you can safely keep track of your pet and you have another form of authentic ownership of the pet if it were to be lost and recovered.

Any pets wearing a microchip should have an identity tag on them that has the owner’s contact information on them, so that the authorities can locate the owner in the event of a missing pet that’s been found.


What Kind of Health Certificate Do I Need?

To enter into Tunisia, every pet needs to have a Health Certificate for Tunisia and it has to be the European version. This certificate is mandatory and it must be completed by a licensed veterinarian from the country you’re travelling from. This certificate must be completed PRIOR to travel as we cannot do health certificates in Tunisia for your pet.

To make sure your health certificate is valid and under compliance, it’s recommended that it be done by a CFIA or USDA approved veterinarian. Also, it helps to have the form endorsed by the previously mentioned just to make sure. This rule applies to the United States and Canada. Anyone travelling from another country should have their local governed authority endorse the form to make sure it’s legit.


Will My Pet Require a Rabies Titer Test?

Your pet will not require a rabies titer test to enter into Tunisia. This rule applies to every country and isn’t mandatory.


What Vaccinations Do I Need?

The most important vaccination is the rabies vaccination because without it, your pet may be locked up into isolation. Any and all pets should receive a rabies vaccination shot 30 days prior to coming to Tunisia but we recommend you do it at least a few months before coming to Tunisia. You should have all vaccination and shot records on hand at the time of the pet’s arrival so that the process of clearance can be expedited.


Will My Pet Be Required to Have a Treatment for Tapeworms or Tricks?

You will not be required to have any kind of tapeworm or tricks treatments. We do however recommend that you have a treatment option available as the availability for treatment in Tunisia is highly limited.


Will I Need an Import Permit?

No, you won’t. No import permits are required as long as you’re travelling with a personal pet.


What Do I Need If I’m Travelling to Tunisia By Air?

Every pet you plan to bring to Tunisia must arrive at the Carthage International Airport. From there, they will go over all the requirements and documents to make sure your pets are cleared to leave the airport. For travelling purposes, your pet may be able to travel as checked baggage if the departing airport allows it, they can enter in the cabin or as cargo, which is recommended most of the time for dogs.


Always Carry Identification

Regardless of your country of origin and your destination, you should always carry identification on you that can be used to identify you as the legit pet owner. It’s usually not needed but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Make Sure Cats & Dogs Are Free of Disease

Every dog and cat must be free of any evidence that would indicate diseases that could be transferred to humans. They will be examined upon arrival and if your pet requires more examinations or treatment, you will more than likely be charged for the expenses.


Are There Any Banned Breeds in Tunisia?

If you bring a Rottweiler, Pitbull, Tosa or Mastiff, they will not be permitted entry into the country.


CITES Requirements

Approximately 180 countries or more participate in this program. If you have a pet that isn’t classified as a ferret, cat or dog and is classified as a parrot or turtle, you’ll need to call ahead of time to make sure it’s not protected under CITES. If it is, you’ll then need to figure out what else you need to allow entry into the country.


Any and All Other Animals

Pets not covered here may not have to receive rabies vaccinations. You should call ahead of time to figure out what kind of requirements they may meet because some animals require more paperwork and tests.

Some of these animals include tropical fish, rabbits, hamsters, amphibia, birds and more.

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Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduate. Chef Marsh has traveled the globe from France, Italy, Germany to China, Thailand, India, Tunisia and more.
Olivia lived in Tunisia for almost 10 years now.
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