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Travelling with pets

If you want to take your pet (pet) with you when travelling abroad or want to import a pet purchased abroad to Germany, you have to observe various regulations.

Travelling within the EU with dogs, cats and ferrets
What is required are:

  • EU pet passport issued by the pet veterinarian (also known as the "Pet Passport") with proof of the required valid rabies vaccination
  • Identification by an electronic transponder (microchip) - (until July 2011, a tattoo is temporarily permitted for many EU countries)

The same travel rules as within the EU apply to the following non-EU countries ("equal third countries"):

  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican
  • Croatia

as well as the following non-continent EU territories:

  • Greenland and the Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion
  • Canary Islands
  • Azores and Madeira

Tapeworm treatment is also required for entry to Finland.

Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom have their own rules on the import of pet animals. Here, you must have a blood test of the animal for rabies antibodies in an approved laboratory before travelling (also required for re-entry from an "unlisted third country"). In addition, these states are calling for treatment against ticks and tapeworms. In addition, only one microchip is already considered to be an acceptable label.

travelling with animals other than dogs, cats and ferrets (e.g. birds and rabbits) and
Travel to non-EU countries ("listed and unlisted third countries")

The general rule here is that please inform yourself in good time at your pet veterinarian, at the relevant embassy or on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office or the Federal Customs Administration.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the local veterinarian or the district responsible for the place of origin of the animals and the county-free city.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What are the fees?

The cost of the EU pet passport will be calculated in accordance with the applicable fee regulations for veterinarians. For possibly. Required export certifications, fees are charged in accordance with the Veterinary Administration Fees Regulation (GOVet).

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the appropriate body.

What else should I know?

If you want to import or export more than five animals (dogs, cats or ferrets), the

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Text reviewed by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development

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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt

Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
Postal address: Post Office Box 280
Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Jasmin Ostermann
Telephone: 05931 44-1166
Fax: 05931 44-391166
Room:
C 166
responsible for:

Data protection information

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt

Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
Postal address: Post Office Box 280
Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.