Private trips abroad with pets (dogs, cats, ferrets)
If you want to take your pet with you on a trip abroad or if you want to import a pet purchased abroad into Germany, you must observe various regulations.
For travel within the European Union, dogs, cats and ferrets need an EU pet passport.
The pet passport must be clearly identifiable to the animal. For this purpose, the animal must be marked with a transponder (microchip). The number of the transponder is then entered in the EU pet passport.
The EU pet passport must also contain veterinary proof that the animal has a valid rabies vaccination protection.
It should be noted that the vaccination can be carried out at the earliest from the age of 12 weeks and that valid vaccination protection does not exist until 21 days after vaccination.
The validity period of the vaccination is entered by the veterinarian in the EU pet passport. Revaccination must be given before the expiry of the validity period. If the revaccination takes place later, a waiting period of 21 days must be observed again after the vaccination before a valid rabies vaccination protection exists.
The EU pet passport can be issued by authorised veterinarians in private practice. They also carry out the identification of the animal and the rabies vaccination.
Certain Member States also require animals to be treated against certain parasites. This treatment can also be carried out by the veterinarian in private practice.
When entering or re-entering dogs, cats and ferrets from countries outside the European Union, additional requirements must be observed in some cases. With regard to the valid rabies vaccination protection, this applies in particular to entry or re-entry from so-called non-listed third countries.
Further information can be found on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture under the following link:
Before travelling abroad, it is essential that the animal is presented to a veterinarian in good time so that any vaccinations, examinations or treatments that may be required can be carried out on time.
The above requirements only apply to private travel with pets without a commercial background. If 5 or more dogs, cats or ferrets are carried during travel or if the animal changes ownership, this is considered a commercial transfer or a commercial import. In this case, there are other requirements to consider.
Who should I contact?
Veterinarians in private practice authorised by the municipal veterinary authority
Which documents are required?
Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.
What are the fees?
The cost of the EU pet passport is calculated according to the current fee schedule for veterinarians. For evt. required export certifications are charged fees according to the Schedule of Fees for the Veterinary Administration (GOVet).
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.
Text reviewed by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.