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Germany Pet Passport Regulations

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Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10. Regulations also apply to service and emotional support dogs and cats.
1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

To enter Germany, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that has 15 digits and is non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.

A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet's current rabies vaccination was administered after the tattoo was applied

2.

Vaccinations

pet passport forms

If your pet is entering Germany from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine.  If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Once you have entered Germany, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.

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3.

Blood Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering Germany from a high-rabies country, 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 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Germany from a high-rabies country.

4.

Health Certificate

pet health certificate

Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet. If this is correct, then your pet will travel under non-commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Germany from a country outside of the EU:

-  Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Germany from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex IV form for Germany within 10 days of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)

Traveling to Germany from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An Annex IV form is not required for pets traveling to Germany from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.

If you, as the owner, is being represented by another person, your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership. If either of these is correct, then your pet will travel under commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Germany from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex I form within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex I form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)

- Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in Köln Bonn, Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt Main, Hahn, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt-Hahn, Hannover-Langenhagen, Leipzig-Halle, Berlin Schönefeld and Stuttgart Airports. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

- All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Germany commercially from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets may only enter Germany commercially from these permitted countries and must have a titer test according to step #3 above.

Traveling to Germany from another EU Member State:

-  Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

If your pet is traveling to Germany alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

5.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Germany

If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to Germany from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system.  If you are entering Germany from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.

6.

Entering Germany by Air

airplane

Accompanied pets entering by air from non-EU countries must do so at Border Inspection Posts at the following airports: Köln Bonn, Berlin Schonefeld and Tegel, Frankfurt Main and Hahn, Munich, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, Stuttgart, Friedrichshafen, Nuremburg, Augsburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Munster/Osnabruck, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Weeze, Saarbrucken, Dresden, Leipzig/Halle or Erfurt-Weimar Airports.

Pets should enter Germany directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.

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.

7.

Puppies and Kittens

Germany puppy or kitten import

Puppies and kittens may only be imported into Germany or pass through Germany in transit with adequate vaccine protection against rabies. The earliest age that rabies vaccination can be administered is 12 weeks of age. Entry will not be permitted until at least 21 days have passed after rabies vaccination.

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Germany

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.

The only exceptions to these regulations are dogs that are imported to assist a disabled individual (with appropriate documentation), dogs that are staying in Germany for less than 4 weeks and dogs that are being returned to Germany because they have received official authorization to live in a Federal State that permits them.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in Germany

export pets from Germany

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Germany for another EU Member State 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, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave Germany if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.

10.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Germany from other EU states as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino.

Up to 3 guinea pigs or hamsters can be imported into Germany with their owner. A health certificate is recommended.

Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits 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 destination country.

11.

CITES

CITES endangered turtle

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 (CITES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .

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