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Timor-Leste (TL)

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Permit requirements

Import permit may be obtained from:

Republica Democratica De Timo-Leste
Ministerio de Agricultura e Pescas
Divisao Pecuaria
East Timor Public Administration

Health certificate

Each consignment of dogs must be accompanied by an Animal Health Certificate signed by an Official Veterinarian. The animal health certificate must conform to the Code Model Certificate No. 2 and must attest under IV Sanitary Information that:

1. The dogs were continually resident and free from quarantine restrictions
in the country of export for 180 days immediately prior to export.

2. All tests for disease were carried out at a laboratory approved by the
Government of the country of export to perform the test required for
that disease. Dates of collection for tests and type of diagnostic
tests were recorded on the Animal Health Certificate.

3. The dog(s) for export:

a) showed no clinical sign of rabies within 48 hours of shipment and
originated from a country free from rabies; OR

b) were vaccinated with an inactivated virus vaccine against rabies
not less than 6 months and not more than 1 year prior to shipment
in the case of a primary vaccination, which should have been
carried out when the animals were at least 3 months old; OR

not more than 1 year prior to shipment in the case of a booster
vaccination; AND

were identified by a permanent mark before the vaccination (the
identification number shall be stated in the health
certificate); AND

were subjected to not less than 3 months and not more than 24 months
prior to shipment to a neutralising antibody titration test, and
that their serum contained at least 0.5IU/ml.

4. The dog(s) were treated with a broad spectrum anthelmintic and an
approved parasiticide effective against external parasites within
7 days prior to export.

5. The dog(s) were examined by an Official Veterinarian within 48 hours
prior to leaving the PEQ premises for the port of export and were
found to be free from signs of infectious or contagious disease,
free of evidence of external parasites and fit to travel.

Special conditions

1. It is the responsibility of the importer or importer's agent to arrange
for the provision of any health certification or testing additional to
that required by East Timor quarantine. The importer or agent must
nominate a person who can be contacted by SQTL quarantine officers and
who will be responsible for ensuring that all import requirements are

2. The importer may be charged for services provided by the East Timor
Government will not compensate the importer or agent for any losses
incurred while the animals intended for importation are under
quarantine control.

3. Dogs will require Inspection by Quarantine Officers upon arrival.

4. Dogs may be subject to further inspection, once arrived in East Timor
and further quarantine action if exotic pests or diseases are found.

5. Permit must accompany shipment and is valid for one consignment only.

PLEASE NOTE: No fumigation or treatment facilities presently exist in East Timor. If insect infestations are found in the consignment, destruction or re-export may be the only options available.

Port of entry requirements

All imported animals must undergo a post-arrival quarantine (PAQ) on premises approved by East Timor quarantine under the supervision of an Official Veterinarian, for a minimum period of 14 days. During PAQ animals may be subjected to any other testing or treatment prescribed by East Timor quarantine at the importer's expense.

If any animal fails a test or shows signs of disease, that animal and any or all other animals in th PAQ premises may be detained in quarantine for further testing and/or observation or exported at the importer's expense, or destroyed without recompense.

Transport requirements

1. The vehicle and crates or boxes for the transport of animals to the
port/airport of export must be cleaned and disinfected prior to
loading of the animals.

2. During transport to the port of export the animals must have no contact
with animals not of the same health status.

3. The compartment of the aircraft or vessel to be occupied by the animals
and all removable equipment, penning and containers including loading
ramps must be satisfactorily cleaned and disinfected prior to loading.

4. The vehicles and crates or boxes for the transport of the animals to
the port of export must be cleaned and disinfected with a suitable
disinfectant prior to the loading of the animals.

5. All animals must be consigned directly to East Timor.

6. The design of the containers, the recommended species requirements,
the preparation for transport and the disinfection of the interior
of the aircraft or vessel, removable equipment, penning and containers
must be in accordance with OIE Code recommendations and International
Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulation unless
otherwise agreed by East Timor quarantine.

7. The use of hay or straw as bedding during transport by air is not
permitted: treated wood shavings; sterilised peat and soft board may
be used.

Protocol last negotiated

JUNE 2002

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Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:33 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:38 PM