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European Union (EU) Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to the Netherlands from within the EU, from rabies free countries or from a country with a low incidence of rabies.

The Netherlands 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 following 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 the Netherlands from a country with a high incidence of rabies, a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than one month after rabies vaccination. Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the Netherlands 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Netherlands from a high rabies country.
     
  4. Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian must then complete the bi-lingual Annex II for the Netherlands for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, 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 passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter the Netherlands.

Forms and Instructions for taking your pet to the Netherlands

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

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

Puppies and kittens: Animals under the age of 3 months from rabies-free and rabies-controlled countries can enter the Netherlands without a rabies vaccination. A declaration of the owner that the animal stayed in the place in which it was born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection. Puppies and kittens from high-rabies countries cannot enter the Netherlands until they have met the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme at 7 months.

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 the Netherlands. 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 the Netherlands. 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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mac1gregor
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Posted on 2013-07-23 20:55:56.0
kay.shaw.3979
Can you take birds to the Netherlands
Posted on 2013-08-19 14:05:41.0
niki.schofield.1
I purchased the Pet Passport from the Pet Travel Store. Once I receive that paperwork, do I take it to my vet and have them fill it out and sign off on it. He is leaving San Francisco Int'l and going to Amsterdam. Is there anything else that I will need to do?
Posted on 2013-10-02 23:25:11.0
PetTravel
I regret the late response. The pet passport should be complete.
Posted on 2014-01-01 16:01:59.0
nacionalesleslie
do i need to go to the Dutch embassy in the philippines to ask for visa for my dog? to go to amsterdam
Posted on 2014-02-19 08:13:36.0
PetTravel
Hello Yin - because the EU considers the Philippines as a high rabies country, you will need to prepare in advance. If you are traveling to Amsterdam from the Philippines, you will need to have your vet microchip your pet, then vaccinate them for rabies (in that order). No sooner than 30 days after vaccination, a titer test is done. Assuming the results are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Amsterdam 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. You will need an Annex II form for the Netherlands completed within 10 days of entering the country.
Posted on 2014-02-20 02:18:26.0
PetTravel
You can only import birds to the EU from rabies controlled countries (http://www.pettravel.com/passports_third_countries.cfm). They will go into quarantine for 30 days where they will be tested for avian influenza and Newcastle disease . They must arrive in a government sealed container after a flight less than 9 hours.
Posted on 2014-02-20 02:23:31.0
nox.staffie
Hi, I am from Norway and would like to visit Amsterdam with my dogs, can you please let me know what needs to be done? :)
Posted on 2014-03-01 07:41:21.0
Crazymoon84
Hi, hope someone may assist!!! My cat is Italian and holds an EU Pet passport. Currently, we live in Kenya, yet we are planning to go back to USA within few months. Since the journey is quite long, I'd like to stop overnight in Amsterdam, so my cat can take a break. I was thinking to stay at one of the hotels at the airport (I guess I'll go through custom though). By this token, will it be consider importing my cat into the country even if I stop by less than 24h? Will she need the Blood titer test? Pls, help!
Posted on 2014-03-07 14:01:03.0
PetTravel
Hi Vanessa - yes, your kitty will need a titer test 1 month after rabies vaccination and 3 months prior to entering Amsterdam and once you have cleared customs, you have entered the country. The journey is long, but may be better to get to the US as there are no titer test requirements to enter the US.
Posted on 2014-03-08 17:33:12.0
Crazymoon84
PetTravel I know, the fact is that the journey is up to 34h and my cat wants her "facilities." So, I am worried that she could get some sort of bleed infection without urinating for so many hours! I'll think about...such a stress. :( If I understand well, since she got her last rabies shot yesterday and we may depart around August, the test should be done in May? Thanks for your help!!!!!
Posted on 2014-03-08 19:43:10.0
PetTravel
Vanessa M. Young Vanessa - you need to wait at least 30 days after the microchip and rabies vaccination before having the titer test. If the results are within limits, you can enter Amsterdam 3 months after the date the blood was drawn. That would be ok for your trip. Have you chosen your airline? Is it KLM?
Posted on 2014-03-10 03:25:07.0
Crazymoon84
PetTravel Fortunately, she already have a microchip. She traveled from Italy (when she was 3ys) to US, then Kenya. Now, we r going back to US. We'll be traveling with KLM, and I was thinking to put her in their Animal Hotel once in AMS. Sadly, they do not accept pets from privates but agencies. Ergo, she should travel as cargo.
Posted on 2014-03-10 06:35:27.0
PetTravel
Vanessa M. Young We have not heard anyone complain about KLM, only raves.
Posted on 2014-03-13 03:29:16.0
annelies.ende
Hi, I am traveling with my persian cat from Canada to the Netherlands. Is the "bi-lingual Annex II for the Netherlands" The only document I require as "dutch Passport" or do I also need to fill out the APHIS7001-FORM? (please note I have two additional health certificate forms on hand, so it gets a little confusing. Please confirm the one that is needed. Thank you for the help
Posted on 2014-03-21 21:11:19.0
PetTravel
Hi Annelies - the APHIS7001 form is a US form. As you are leaving from Canada, you will need an International Health Certificate issued by Canadian Food Inspection Agency. This form needs to be endorsed by the CFIA within 10 days of travel.
Posted on 2014-03-22 19:47:29.0
alison.levenberg
Hi, I just want to be sure, does the Netherlands consider the US a country with a high or low incidence of rabies?
Posted on 2014-04-05 03:17:49.0
PetTravel
Hi Alison - the Netherlands considers the US a rabies controlled country (otherwise known as a non-EU listed country or low incidence of rabies country). A blood titer test is not required to enter the Netherlands when the originating country is the US.
Posted on 2014-04-07 04:43:47.0
elena.moreno.1466
Is Argentina a conuntry considered low or high risk for rabies? Thank you!
Posted on 2014-04-27 09:06:10.0
PetTravel
Ele - the EU considers Argentina a rabies-controlled or Third Country so a titer test would not be required.
Posted on 2014-04-29 03:13:35.0
nadushkaned
What documents need for dog travel from NL to Russia by air? I'm interesting only document need for leave NL. About entry to Russia I know rules and other:) And If pup 2 month old? Nadya
Posted on 2014-05-06 17:21:46.0
PetTravel
To export your pet from the EU it should be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies.
Posted on 2014-05-08 04:53:48.0
siegske
I want to travel end of august with my dog from Panama to the Netherlands. What is required and what is the order for doing so. How about this rabies controlled issue when it comes to Panama? I fly to Atlanta and than from Atlanta to Amsterdam, on the same day. Is that a problem??
Posted on 2014-06-03 22:53:28.0
fem.claessens
Goh dat is een goede vraag. Daar komt volgens mij nog behoorlijk wat bij kijken. Kom je voor een tijdje op bezoek of wat zijn je plannen wat dit tripje betreft. Leuk-Leuk! Succes met de voorbereidingen! x
Posted on 2014-06-03 22:55:18.0
djadi.loose
Yvette Ruyters misschien ook voor jou om in de gaten te houden met frankie.
Posted on 2014-06-04 02:19:10.0
bernie.verhoeven
Sigrid, ctc me, ik heb cargo klm gedaan
Posted on 2014-06-04 02:50:52.0
siegske
Bernie Verhoeven He Bernie, het geval is, dat ik voor mezelf al de vluchten geboekt heb. Ik vlieg met Delta Airlines van Panama City naar Atlanta en van Atlanta naar Amsterdam. Het zou een retourvlucht worden, maar ik heb besloten om er een enkele reis van te maken. Nu moet ik dus reserveringen voor mijn hond zien te realiseren op dezelfde vluchten. Ik zie je sowieso op vrijdag bij je expositie!
Posted on 2014-06-04 03:23:19.0
siegske
Djadi Loose Als het gaat om het vervoer van Nl. naar Panama, is het een heel ander verhaal!
Posted on 2014-06-04 03:24:05.0

Are there any banned breeds in the Netherlands? Could I bring a German Sheperd?
Posted on 2014-06-08 11:32:08.0
PetTravel
The Netherlands does not publish a list of banned breeds. Most other EU countries are very specific when it comes to this information, so you should be fine bringing your German Shepard to the Netherlands.
Posted on 2014-06-09 02:57:48.0
PetTravel
EU regulations specifically call for a 30 day quarantine in an approved facility in the Netherlands. Birds must also be captive bred birds, originate from rabies-controlled countries, negative results following a detection test for avian influenza and Newcastle disease virus carried out one to two weeks prior to their shipment, not have been vaccinated against avian influenza, be accompanied by an animal health certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex III, be identified using either a leg-ring or a microchip which includes an an identification number appearing on the animal health certificate, and be transported in new containers bearing the identification number indicated on the animal health certificate. We cannot advise how these requirements can be avoided.
Posted on 2014-06-09 03:12:25.0
siegske
PetTravel How about Panama?? Is that a controlled rabies country, according to the Netherlands??
Posted on 2014-06-11 21:32:57.0
PetTravel
Sigrid - the EU considers Panama a high-rabies country. A blood titer test will be required.
Posted on 2014-06-13 04:02:04.0
siegske
PetTravel Oh, that is bad news! :-(
Posted on 2014-06-13 13:38:46.0
PetTravel
Sigrid Vernooij Very sorry... if you have someone at home that can transport your pet after the waiting period, it can travel unaccompanied.
Posted on 2014-06-13 14:16:16.0
siegske
PetTravel Thank you! Not going to travel within half a year. May get back to you!
Posted on 2014-06-13 23:38:09.0
megan.d.petty.1
Hello, I can't find Kenya on the Rabies list, is it a low or High incidence of Rabies country? Thank you.
Posted on 2014-06-14 09:40:04.0
PetTravel
Megan - Kenya is a high-rabies country according to the EU. Titer test is necessary...
Posted on 2014-06-16 03:05:00.0
joyce.poorter
Hi l will be flying from Phuket to Amsterdaam. Suzie has had her Rabies shots and boosters and another injection that he called a mixture. She will have her blood test done this week and l understand that there will be a two week wait for the results. l understand she will have to wait two months further before flying. Is this so? and why is this so please. She has been microchipped and seems quite healthy.
Posted on 2014-06-17 15:31:33.0
daniellelalo
Sad. What else do they want? Terrorists have an easier way of getting on a plane than a dog who's has conformed to all the requirements. Crazy stupid.
Posted on 2014-06-17 15:47:45.0
diana.koester
The procedure is....
Posted on 2014-06-18 02:23:20.0
diana.koester
For dogs... 1) 1st Rabbies Shot, 1st Combine Shot, Microchip 1 day before vaccination 2) 2 weeks waiting 3) 2nd Rabbies Shot (Booster) 4) 2 weeks waiting 5) 2nd Combine Shot and Bloodsample antibodycheck Rabies European Labour 6) 90 days waiting from date of bloodsample - 2 weeks after bloodsample result by email / 4 weeks after bloddsample result by postal mail 7) 10 days before leaving appointment Vet Airport for export documents 8) pick up export documents. Any further questions, contact me, please. www.phuket-dog-resort.com
Posted on 2014-06-18 02:23:25.0
joyce.poorter
Diana Koester thankyou so much l have you on FB as well. Now to get her to use her cage.
Posted on 2014-06-18 03:43:17.0
PetTravel
Joyce - there is a 30 day wait period (not including the day of the vet visit) between the vaccination and the titer test. The reason for this is to let the antibodies build up in your dog's blood so the test will show ammunity. The EU is pretty sticky on this wait period. As for the 90 day wait, we can't really answer that except the wait used to be 6 months and they cut it in half. Certainly progress...
Posted on 2014-06-18 03:57:18.0
antony.j.bell
can i fly my dogs to Amsterdam from canada as checked baggage and not as cargo, i know that uk dose not allow dogs as checked baggage ,only as cargo, we have been quoted 4000 dollars for cargo but as checked excess baggage to Amsterdam is around 400 dollars big difference! we have spoken to defra in uk and have obtained all the correct inoculations ect for entry in to the uk and reading through holland is the same as uk
Posted on 2014-06-23 23:02:06.0
PetTravel
Antony - you can fly your pets from Canada to Amsterdam as checked baggage. DEFRA governs import requirements to the UK and the rest of the EU do not have the manifest cargo requirement.
Posted on 2014-06-25 03:45:04.0
oshea.katy
Hi, I am bringing two dogs from Nicaragua, one of them is a cross breed -of Shar Pei and Pit bull. Will he be allowed into the Country due to having some Pit bull blood?
Posted on 2014-07-13 09:41:04.0
oshea.katy
Also, I was wondering if the rabies titer test is required for Nicaragua and will the dogs need an EU pet passport if not coming from another Country in the EU?
Posted on 2014-07-13 09:44:59.0
PetTravel
Catherine - if you are bringing your dogs from Nicaragua to the Netherlands, a titer test is required. The dogs will enter the Netherlands with an Annex II form. They can get an EU passport once in the EU..
Posted on 2014-07-21 03:45:02.0
PetTravel
The Netherlands does not publish a list of banned breeds. Your veterinarian should like your pet as a "mixed breed" on the Annex II.
Posted on 2014-07-21 03:55:16.0
markus.johansson.3388
This is a wonderful site, keep up the good work.
Posted on 2014-07-29 09:34:47.0
PetTravel
Thanks, Markus. We appreciate your comments.
Posted on 2014-08-01 04:27:04.0
rachel.sarahann.t
Hi I'm travelling with 2 dogs from Singapore to Netherlands, would you be able to advise if Singapore is considered a rabies free country ?
Posted on 2014-08-01 15:31:07.0
PetTravel
Rachel - Singapore is considered to be a rabies-controlled country. (or non-EU listed country). No titer test is required. Only microchip, vaccinate for rabies, then 21 days wait.
Posted on 2014-08-02 02:30:16.0

Hello, I'm bringing my 10 weeks old puppy to the Netherland but does he has to have an Europeaan paspoort to enter the netherlands?
Posted on 2014-08-15 04:37:15.0
PetTravel
Vanessa - if you are entering the Netherlands from another EU country, it will need to be microchipped and accompanied by an EU pet passport. If you are entering from a rabies controlled country, then it will need a microchip and an Annex II form for the Netherlands.
Posted on 2014-08-16 20:22:10.0
selah.gitlin
Hi, great site! We may be moving from Israel to Holland in January and want to bring our two cats. Does The Netherlands see Israel as a country that requires the blood titer test, or (does Israel) require the Annex II For The Netherlands form to be filled out on arrival?
Posted on 2014-08-17 13:01:27.0
PetTravel
Selah - unfortunately, Israel is not on the EU list as a third country which will mean that a titer test is required. You will need to have your cats microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order) wait a minimum of 30 days, then have the titer test. The Annex II form for the Netherlands must be completed within 10 days of travel to the Netherlands.
Posted on 2014-08-19 01:36:46.0

Hi, I will be bringing a cat from Bucharest,Romania to Toronto, Canada but I am flying KLM and therefore, will connect in Amsterdam. Canada only requires the rabies vaccination for the cat. What rules would apply in this case since the Netherlands is not the destination country?
Posted on 2014-08-26 22:13:50.0
rachel.sarahann.t
when you say 'necessary' vaccinations ? may I know the disease that the dog has to be vaccines against if travelling from Singapore to Amsterdam ?
Posted on 2014-09-02 19:14:28.0
PetTravel
Rachael - EU regulations require vaccination against rabies. They must be microchipped prior to the vaccination.
Posted on 2014-09-04 03:56:46.0
PetTravel
Julia - if you are flying in and out of Amsterdam on KLM then you should just transit through Amsterdam. If your cat is traveling in the hold as checked baggage, the layover should be around 2 hours and KLM will transfer your kitty. If your kitty is traveling in the cabin with you, then stay in the terminal and do not clear customs. Of course, if your cat is microchipped and vaccinated (which it should be) and you are traveling with an EU passport, you could enter the Netherlands if you chose.
Posted on 2014-09-04 04:01:36.0