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All you need to know about pet import to Iran

International pet transport is not always easy for the pet parent. Every county has specific pet import rules and regulations, and they often change depending on the rabies status of the country your pet is flying from.

Iran allows the import of pet dogs and cats as long as the pet parent fulfils all pet import conditions. Flying your pet dog or cat to Iran might be tricky if you are not conversant with the pet import regulations of the country. If you plan to move to Iran with your pet, here’s all you know about bringing your pet dog or cat into the country.

Microchip your pet

A microchip is a tiny RFID device about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin. The microchip is associated with a unique identification number that identifies our pet. The microchip lasts a lifetime and is mandatory for international travel to most countries.

Though microchipping is optional for international travel to Iran, it is a good practice to microchip your pet. The microchip helps identify your pet dog or cat if they get lost or stolen. Most countries require an ISO-compliant 15-digit microchip that can be scanned by standard readers worldwide.


Pet vaccinations are essential to keep your pet healthy and free from dangerous diseases. It is necessary to vaccinate your pet before international travel to protect them from diseases and prevent the introduction of exotic diseases in the destination country. The rabies vaccination is the most important vaccination for pets before travel.

Iran requires all pets entering the country to be vaccinated against rabies and other common pet diseases. Your pet must have a record of all vaccinations on their International Health Certificate.

Import permit and health certificate

All pets travelling to Iran need an import authorisation letter from the Iran veterinary organisation before arrival. This permit is not available online and must be obtained in person.

Pets also need an International Health Certificate attested by an authorised vet in the country of origin. The health certificate must contain:

  • The pet’s name and identification
  • Vaccination details
  • Health tests
  • Pet parent’s contact details

European Union pet passports are also accepted in Iran.

Entering Iran with your pet

Your pet dog or cat must travel to Iran via Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport. Pets travelling to Iran can fly in the cabin if they are small in size or travel as checked baggage if they are large breeds.

All pets entering the country will be examined for any signs of illness. If your pet appears to be in good health, you will be allowed to take them home immediately after the examination. If not, they will be required to undergo further veterinary treatment and may be quarantined till they are healthy. Iran does not ban any dog and cat breeds from travelling to the country.

International pet travel to Iran

Travelling to Iran with your pet can be overwhelming if you are not aware of the pet import regulations. An experienced pet travel agency can help with the necessary paperwork and ensure your pet arrives in Iran safe and in great spirits.

If you are travelling to Iran with your pet dog or cat, reach out to Petraveller for more information on international pet transport and a free pet travel quote.