International Animal Export Regulations
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting
animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS
Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.
Malta - Summary of Requirements
Malta is a Member State of the European Union. Malta accepts English-only health certificates. For species/commodities not listed below, please refer to the
European Union website.
SPECIES - MOST RECENT UPDATE
- Bovine embryos, Annex II - Health certificate for in vivo-derived embryos collected in accordance with Council Directive 89/556/EEC - August 2013 (pdf 117kb)
- Bovine embryos, Annex III - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen complying with Council Directive 88/407/EEC (eligible for intra-Community trade). - August 2013 (pdf 191kb)
- Bovine embryos, Annex IV - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen coming from an approved semen collection/storage center (excluded from intra-Community trade). - August 2013 (pdf 191kb)
- Bovine semen, Model 1 - Health certificate for imports and transits of bovine semen collected, processed, and stored in accordance with Council Directive 88/407/EEC, as amended by Directive 2003/43/EC, dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected - January 2013 (pdf 117kb)
As of January 1, 2012, rabies titers are no longer required for entry into Malta for pet dogs, cats and ferrets exported from the United States.
Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.
Pet Passports: Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to Malta after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport. Information about echinococcus treatment may be added to the Passport by an accredited veterinarian. However, if an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US accredited veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
Additional information about non-commercial dogs, cats, and ferrets to Malta (scroll down on left to links under "Pet Travel Scheme")
- Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Movement of 5 or less non commercial animals) - December 2011(pdf 98kb)
- Dogs, Cats, Ferrets - Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than 5 non commercial animals) - December 2011(pdf 99kb)
Malta will accept an English-only health certificate. A bilingual certificate is not required.