Germany Pet Passport &: Import Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.
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.
If your pet is entering Germany from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), 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.
Germany does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets entering the country from outside of the EU. When entering Germany from another EU Member State, annual rabies vaccinations maybe required.
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.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Germany from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test (FAVN) 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 (click here).
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 in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Germany within 10 days of entry. (Note: new form is required if issued by a licensed veterinarian after August 31, 2016.) If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the non-commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. If your pet is traveling from another country, then the government agency responsible for the import and export of live animals must endorse the forms.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)
- You or 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.
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. A non-commercial EU health certificate 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.
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 in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Germany within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. If your pet is traveling from another country, then the government agency responsible for the import and export of live animals must endorse the forms.
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 high-rabies 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.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
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 (commercial EU health certificate instead of non-commercial EU health certificate), 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.
Entering Germany by Air
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.
Puppies and Kittens
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.
Germany restricts the import of certain breeds of dog they consider dangerous according to the regulations of the Federal land in which it will be establishing residence. If your dog is staying in Germany for less than 4 months, it is exempted from these regulations. Additionally, exemptions apply for dogs of these breeds that are being returned to Germany because they have received official authorization to live in a Federal State that permits them, security or watch dogs, dogs providing service for the disabled and dogs of the rescue and civil protection services. Specific backup regarding your dog's breed should be available. (pedigree, results of character evaluations, service certificate, etc.)
If your dog will be residing in any of the following Federal Lands, then locally competent authorities of the Land in which the dog is intended to be kept permanently will need to issue permission for its import in advance.
If your dog will be residing in the Federal land of Baden-Württemberg, then these breeds are considered as dangerous: Bullmastiff, Dogo Argentino, Bordeaux Dogge, Fila Brasilero, Spanish Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Mastiff and Tosa Inu.
If your dog will be residing in the Federal land of Bavaria, then these breeds are considered as dangerous: Bandog, Tosa Inu, Alano, American Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler, Perro de Presa Canario (Dogo Canario) and Perro de Presa Mallorquin.
If your dog will be residing in the Federal land of Berlin, then these breeds are considered as dangerous: Tosa Inu, Alano, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Dobermann, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler, Perro de Presa Canario (Dogo Canario) and Perro de Presa Mallorquin.
If your dog will be residing in the Federal land of Hamburg, then these breeds are considered as dangerous: Bullmastiff, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Kangal Dog, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler and Tosa Inu.
If your dog will be residing in the Federal land of Hesse, then these breeds are considered as dangerous: American Bulldog, Dogo Argentiono, Kangal Dog (Karabash), Caucasian Shepherd Dog and Rottweiler.
Exporting Pets Living in 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.
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.
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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