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Are there no exceptions to the one-month rule of quarantine for animals coming to Iceland?

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Are there no exceptions to the one-month rule of quarantine for animals coming to Iceland?

Q: I wanted to visit Iceland in June for several weeks (artist residency) but have a small dog. After some initial research it seems that Iceland quarantines incoming animals. Are there any exceptions to this one-month rule?

The dog is originally from the US but has been living in Poland since September.

Idea: Can't I shave him and pass him off as an ugly baby?

Dr. Lori Kent, Krakow, Poland (originally from New York)

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A: Thorvaldur H. Thórdarson, head of the office for import and export at the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Autority (MAST), said there are no exceptions to the rule of 28-days of quarantine for animals coming to Iceland.

He laughed when I told him about your ugly baby idea and said you could try. But then he seriously advised you not to because all dogs that are found to have been illegally imported to the country are put to death.

People who are interested in going through the lengthy, complicated and expensive process of bringing their animals to Iceland are welcome to email Thórisson for further details: [email protected].

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