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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Pet Passport Germany

Dog 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.

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:

  1. ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
     
  2. 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 has been vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
     
  3. For pets entering Germany from a country with a high incidence of rabies, a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than one month after vaccination. Samples must be processed at  approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Germany 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless you are entering Germany from a high rabies country.
     
  4. 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 traveling from another country, endorsement is not required unless your country mandates it.
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
     

This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Germany.

Dog Passport Germany

*After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter Germany whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.

When entering Germany for commercial purposes such as breeding or sale, pets require additional forms and different rules apply.

Restricted Breeds: 
Germany restricts the import of the following breeds and their mixes: All Bull and Staff Terriers including Pit Bulls. Transit or export of these breeds is permitted.

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.

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: 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.

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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rose.colezeissig
Just like humans.
Posted on 2013-04-12 02:23:30.0
lynn.johnson.33821189
WTF.
Posted on 2013-05-02 23:50:07.0
barbarapinto89
Hi! What about the website to insert the microchip informations? I heard that its necessary that we regist the animals on a specific national or international website, but wich one is it? Can you help me with this question? Thanks
Posted on 2013-06-03 09:37:11.0
kale.oliver.7
Yea, WTF!!
Posted on 2013-06-20 07:15:35.0
BlueCrossPetHospital
if you have a mixed breed dog how do they determine if it is a "pit-bull" breed or not?
Posted on 2013-06-27 02:01:40.0

Totally depends on the country and the appearance and behavior of the dog. Many countries will not accept pit bull breeds.
Posted on 2013-07-17 03:20:02.0
katy.myers.5
I have two pit bulls that I am looking to move to Germany with. Does anyone know for sure whether they are allowed or not? and if so, what are the requirements that need to be met prior to trying to take them? I get the passport thing, but I mean specifically for certain breeds- what are the requirements?
Posted on 2013-09-27 01:03:53.0
PetTravel
Germany does have current legislation banning Pitbull breeds.
Posted on 2013-09-28 19:41:52.0
robin.carter.334
PetTravel Jus a word of advice unless your dogs are pure bred and akc registered there is no proof they are pitt. They may look like it but they can not prove it. I owned a in home child care they said get rid of the dog or close down , I fought them and won. My dog loved the kids and had no aggressive history. The state could not prove the dog was pitt as she was listed as a mixed breed dog.
Posted on 2013-10-20 16:48:01.0
PetTravel
Good for you, Robin, and thanks for posting. We appreciate it very much. It is unsettling for the pet owner trying to bring a mixed breed that may have pitt characteristics to the country, however. In many cases, it is a judgment call by a customs agent that may not know the rules.
Posted on 2013-10-25 03:50:16.0
jeff.welch.31924
JW, Barbara, looking into the laws/ requirements of the EU I have frond that not all chips are universal. You must have a 15 digit micro chip that is reckonized by the EU . Look for a Datamars Microfindr ISO slim emitting 134.2 kHZ. Conforms to EU 11784 requirements. Look on Pet Travel.com. Search for Pet Passport to Germany. I know it is lots to do but, better have done it and not get turned away at the boarding gate. Good luck
Posted on 2014-02-09 23:34:50.0
NigzWigz
When booking a flight from the US overseas to EU, it is of the utmost importance to inquire the airline's policy for transporting pets as checked baggage and/or cargo. Unbeknownst to my wife and I, Delta changed their policy (without notifying us prior to booking) that they no longer allowed pets to travel internationally aboard a 767 Boeing. Another tidbit they failed to mention was that if making connecting flight(s) (which undoubtedly you'll have to), you'll need at least 2 hours between arrivals and departures. With all that being said... my best advice would be to avoid Delta all together, because you'll almost be certain to encounter additional unforeseen and unmentioned problems.
Posted on 2014-02-28 13:40:24.0
PetTravel
Delta has caused a lot of confusion with the redesign of the cargo area of their 767 aircraft. They have indicated to us that they are trying to overcome this limitation and transport pets again in these aircraft.
Posted on 2014-03-02 03:02:23.0
kathy.cross.71
My husband and I may be moving from the US to Germany for a couple of years for my husband's job. Our mixed dog looks pit-like. So, it's up to the customs officer to decide whether or not she's allowed in the country? I just sent away for her DNA to be tested. Would they take such a report into consideration at customs?
Posted on 2014-03-06 18:35:16.0
PetTravel
It certainly would not hurt, especially if there is no pitt in her. Did you get papers when you got her that might indicate what her cross is? Here are the regulations about what officials look for when importing a Pit Bull to the UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69263/dogs-guide-enforcers.pdf If you look on the last page, it will show physical characteristics that customs officials will be looking for. Sure hope this helps. Let us know.
Posted on 2014-03-08 14:18:14.0
stefanie.weidner
I am looking to move to Germany from Australia with my pet Bird. He's an Indian Ringneck (small Parrot). Will he need to be in quarantine?
Posted on 2014-03-21 04:39:54.0
carriejbrickett
Hi. I am getting ready to move from the US to Germany with 3 large dogs. I was wondering if the US was considered as a *High Rabies Country*?
Posted on 2014-04-07 23:08:05.0
PetTravel
Hi Carrie - No, the US is considered by the EU to be a "Non-EU Listed Country," meaning that it is a rabies controlled country. Blood titer tests are not required for pets entering from the US as long as they have resided there for the previous 6 months before entering Germany.
Posted on 2014-04-08 04:25:44.0
PetTravel
Stafanie - according to published information, it depends on the vaccinations that your bird has had. If your bird has been vaccinated against H5at least twice and the last vaccination was given at least 60 days but nor more than 6 months, there is no quarantine. Birds vaccinated with AI must be subjected to quarantine in the country of origin for at least 10 days. On the third day, at the earliest, a sample must be taken and must be tested for H5N1 Antigen or genome with negative results. Otherwise, your bird must have 30 days of quarantine in an approved center in the EU. You must travel with your bird and it must have a health certificate endorsed by a government vet. We are not as familiar with bird regs and suggest you email the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture for clarification: info@verbraucherlotse.de
Posted on 2014-04-09 03:46:44.0
stefanie.weidner
PetTravel Thanks a lot for your help! Much appreciated
Posted on 2014-04-09 07:39:50.0