Pet Passport Germany
European Union (EU) regulations for taking a pet to Germany from within the EU,
rabies free country
or from a
Country with a low incidence of rabies.
New pet import regulations for the
EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
Germany does not quarantine healthy pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) from the above countries having resided there for the preceeding six (6) months that meet the requirements in this order:
- Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
implanted by your veterinarian.
If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can
bring your own
- If your pet is entering Germany from a rabies-free or
country, it will need a rabies vaccination no sooner than 21
days** prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the
manufacturer of the vaccine. If your
dog, cat or ferret was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a
microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip
- If your pet is entering Germany from a
your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in
that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be
administered (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip
prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved
laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits,
your pet can enter Germany no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless you are entering
from a high rabies country.
- Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for Germany
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada.
If you are entering Germany from another EU country, then have
your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet..
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results
should also be included for
endorsement (if applicable).
- Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Your airlines may also require a health certificate even if your pet is traveling with you in the cabin or as checked baggage.
This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Germany.
**Once your pet has entered Germany, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, your pet does not enter a high-rabies country, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Germany by air from outside of the EU and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. You must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:
- Your pet must originate from another EU or rabies-controlled country.
- All requirements listed above must be met. (Annex I form instead of Annex II form)
- Your pet must be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate.
- If your pet is entering Germany from another rabies-controlled country, it must enter through a Border Inspection Post approved to clear live animals, and notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
- If your pet is entering Germany from another EU country, 24 hours notice must be given to the local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency office serving the destination
Germany restricts the import of the following breeds and their mixes: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bandogs and Tosa Inu. Transit or export of these breeds is permitted. Additionally, the following dogs can enter Germany only with prior authorization from local customs officials and must be evaluated at the owner's expense: Alano, American Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Cane Corso, Dogo Argintino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Mastiff, Mastino Napolitano, Mastin Espanol, Dogo Canerio, Rottweiler, and Perro de Presa Mallorquin.
Approved entry points for importing animals to Germany by air are Köln Bonn Airport, Berlin Schönefeld Airport, Berlin-Tegel Airport, Munich Airport, Hamburg Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Hannover-Langenhagen Airport, Leipzig-Halle Airport and Dösseldorf Airport.
Puppies and Kittens: Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age. Owners bringing an unvaccinated puppy or kitten from a rabies controlled country will require permission from the veterinary authority in the State of entry. The entry of an animal aged less than three months from a country which is not rabies free or rabies controlled is not allowed.
Traveling with more than 5 pets:
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless
you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the
requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex II form), travel
from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the
transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Germany through a Border Inspection Post
(if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
Exporting Pets from Germany: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Germany must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to Germany, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Germany. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Up to 3 guinea pigs or hamsters can be imported into Germany with their owner. A health certificate is recommended.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Germany. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a
turtle or parrot, you should verify that
it is not protected under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
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