High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

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According to the Animal Deceases Act No 59 of 1992 of Sri Lanka, a permit has to be obtained from the Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health to import animals including pet dogs and cats etc to Sri Lanka.

Animals brought into Sri Lanka without such permits will be kept under quarantine for a period of thirty (30) days in the Animal Quarantine Station causing problems for the owners of the pets as well as Quarantine Officers.

In order to avoid such situation, owners of pets should follow the following procedure for bringing pet animals to Sri Lanka:

1. Application

An application should be forwarded using Form 1 (Download) to the Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health (Fax No + 94 81 2388619) at least 2 weeks prior to the intended date of import/travel. An online application could also be submitted by visiting the link http://www.daph.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_daph_applications&Itemid=100&lang=en

2. Health requirementsfor the importation of dogs and cats

2.1 Dogs

The importer should forward an International Veterinary Certificate issued by the Government Veterinary Authority in  the exporting country  of dogs attesting that;

  • Dog has been kept in the exporting country  since birth or for the  six (o6) months period immediately prior to export to Sri Lanka ;
  • Dog was found to be free of any infectious or any contagious diseases at the time of   dispatch;
  • The animal was  not in contact with any animals showing any clinical sign of any infectious or contagious disease including Aujeszky's disease, Filariasis, Leptospirosis, Rabies, Canine distemper, Infectious hepatitis, Canine parvo virus infection, and Dermatomycosis for a period of minimum three (03) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • The exporting country  of the animal is either free from rabies. If not, the origin of the animal is an area free from quarantine restrictions for rabies and not within a radius of  25 km from the nearest known case of rabies during the period of minimum six (06) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • The exporting country  of the animal is free from heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis)  infestation, Leishmaniasis. For heartworm infestation, a test have been carried out with negative test result if not country free status should declared by a government veterinarian. The dog is free from any blood parasite.
  • The animal was vaccinated against Rabies using an anti-rabies vaccine conforming to the potency standard given by the World Health Organization (WHO), not less than thirty (30) days and not more than six (06) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • In case of puppies under the age of three (03) months, the dam of the animal had (30) days but not less than six (06) months prior to the birth of this animal;
  • The animal was  vaccinated using recognized vaccines against Canine distemper, been vaccinated against rabies using an approved anti-rabies vaccine, at least thirty Infectious hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Canine parvo virus infection not less than twenty one (21) days and not more than four (04) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • The animal was  treated within seven (07) days prior to shipment with a broad- spectrum anthelminthic recognized for its ability to eliminate internal helminths of dog.
  • The animal was treated for external parasites within seven (07) days immediately prior  to shipment using a reliable parasiticide.

2.2. Cats
The importer should forward an International Veterinary Certificate issued by the Government Veterinary Authority in  the exporting country  of cats attesting that;

  • The cat is clinically healthy, free from signs of any infectious and contagious diseases at the time of dispatch;
  • The cat  was not in contact with any animal showing any clinical signs of any infectious or contagious disease including rabies, Aujeszky’s disease, Filariasis, Leptospirosis for a period of minimum three (3) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • The  cat has been vaccinated using recognized vaccines against feline  panleucopaenia and rabies not less than 30 days and not more than 06 months immediately prior to embarkation;
  • The cat has been  treated for intestinal parasites using  a broad- spectrum anthelmintic and, treated for external parasites within seven (07) days immediately prior to shipment using a reliable parasiticide;.
  • The  cat has been free from any blood parasite.
  • Issuing of Permits
    Once the application is reviewed , Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health will issue the permit. The permit issued to applicant/importer is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
  • Quarantine Inspection
  • Other Information
    The cats are not allowed to import from  BSE ( Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy /mad cow disease) infected  countries.
  • Upon arrival of animals the importer should forward the originals of the  International Veterinary Certificates fulfilling  requirements stated in the section(2) of this document,  to the Animal Quarantine Officer, Katunayake Airport;
  • Imported dogs/cats will be subjected to quarantine inspection at the Airport. If necessary samples will be taken for investigation;
  • Imported dogs/cats  will be subjected to an post-export quarantine period of thirty days (30) in the "owners premises".  For this purpose, the importer should sign the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement with the Animal Quarantine Officer, Katunayake,  at the time of importation
    The exact location (address and the Tel. No) of the premises where imported dogs /cats intended to be kept,  should be stated by the importer in the quarantine surveillance agreement.
 

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