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I am thinking of bringing my pet with me, alternately finding a stray and taking it home any advice.
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Traveling internationally with your pet? which is importing or exporting an animal whether it is a pet or a stray you have found.

Planning in advance of traveling with a pet is key in avoiding problems when entering a country. Regulations are specific to each country worldwide, and pet owners need to be familiar with these rules.

Pet owners should create a pet passport for their dog, cat or other animal which is a collection of all identifying and required documents for entering their destination country. Knowing pet import rules will help make traveling with your pet safer and more enjoyable.

Sri Lanka is a Rabies Country:

Although there are various diseases that pet dogs, cats and ferrets can carry, there are none considered more serious than rabies.

If you are traveling internationally, the first thing you must do is to find out the rabies classification of the country your pet is leaving from according to the country your pet is traveling to.

The World Organization for Animal Health classifies countries as rabies-free, rabies-controlled or high-risk. Although the European Union has a uniform list of country classifications which is considered standard, many countries have their own classifications.

For more details click the link below for more specific advice for your home country pet passport:

Pet Passport & Quarantine for Your Dog, Cat or Other Animal

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The same rules apply if importing a pet to Sri Lanka. You require an import Permit. You must apply for an Import Permit from the Department of Animal Production and Health at least 2 weeks prior to your pet entering Sri Lanka. Once received, it is good for 90 days.

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