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Pets Under 5 Kgs Now Allowed on Public Transportation | Istanbul

Created : 25 Oct 2022
Pets Are Now Allowed in Public Transportation in Istanbul

By Justin Mays:

Pets are now allowed to travel alongside their owners on public transportation in Istanbul. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) made this new decision public on October 4, which is also World Animal Day.

A group of experts became part of a higher committee to decide the new conditions regarding the matter of pets being allowed on public transport.

Animals such as cats, dogs, guide dogs, and birds are allowed to ride the metro, ferries, and trains all day as long as they weigh less than 5 kilograms.

The Daily Sabah reported that bigger animals are only allowed to ride public transport for limited hours, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The dogs must have leashes and muzzles, the cats should be in their bags and cages, and birds should also be in cages while on public transport.

Dangerous and harmful animals that can threaten the passengers' well-being, such as insects, reptiles, wild birds, etc, are still not be allowed to board the mass transportation facilities. 

Turkish people are famous for loving animals and caring for street dogs and cats and it is this love that led to this decision. 

If you are interested in adopting a pet in Turkey or donate towards animal wellness, please visit

Further Reading:

Bringing Pets to Turkey

Update on Residence Permit Applications of Foreigners in Istanbul

8 Istanbul Districts Closed for Foreign Residency Permits

New Bridge Opening Highlights Infrastructure Improvement in Turkey

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