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Netherlands Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering the Netherlands as long as the following requirements are met. 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 11.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the Netherlands is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can either bring your own microchip scanner or your veterinarian can give your pet a compliant chip. If your pet has 2 microchips, the number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).

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 was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.

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2.

Rabies Vaccination

pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is entering the Netherlands from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need proof of a current rabies vaccination that was administered after the microchip was implanted.

If this is your pet's first vaccination after microchipping, it will need to wait for 21 days before traveling. There is no waiting period after boosters as long as:

  • the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
  • the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was given.

The Netherlands does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster unless specified by the manufacturer. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered the Netherlands, 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.

Rabies Titer Test

Rabies Titer Test

If your pet is entering the Netherlands 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 are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the Netherlands no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Netherlands from a high-rabies country.

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4.

Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

tapeworm treatment

A tapeworm treatment is not required when entering the Netherlands from any country.

5.

Health Certificate

pet health certificate

The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.

Non-Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Travel to the Netherlands from a country outside of the EU:

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

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for the Netherlands within 10 days of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.

If traveling to the Netherlands from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.) The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Non-Commercial Travel to the Netherlands from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to the Netherlands 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.

No matter what country you are entering the Netherlands from, 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.

Commercial Transport: 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 OR more than 5 animals are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial Travel to the Netherlands 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 within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA for endorsement by the State USDA unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.

If traveling to the Netherlands from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airports in Amsterdam and Maastricht. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

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

Traveling to the Netherlands from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

If your pet is traveling to the Netherlands 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.

6.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from the Netherlands

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 for commercial transport. (see step #5)

7.

Entering the Netherlands by Air

airplane

Accompanied pets entering by air from non-EU countries must do so at Border Inspection Posts at international airports in Amsterdam, Maastricht, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Dan Helder, Lelystad, Seppe, Teuge, Twente as well as Woensdrecht and Gilze-Rijen air bases.

Pets should enter the Netherlands 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 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.

Pets may arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.

8.

Puppies and Kittens

the Netherlands puppy or kitten import

Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter the Netherlands. No sooner than 12 weeks of age, a microchip must be implanted and a rabies vaccination administered. There is a 21 day wait after the rabies vaccination before a puppy or kitten can travel to the Netherlands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country. A declaration is necessary stating 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 must wait 30 days after the rabies vaccination to have a Blood Titer Test and can enter the Netherlands 3 calendar months after the date the blood was taken for the test.

9.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in the Netherlands

The Netherlands does not publish a list of banned breeds.

10.

Exporting Pets Living in the Netherlands

export pets from the Netherlands

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the Netherlands for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the Netherlands.  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 the Netherlands if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.

11.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

Currently, birds entering the Netherlands must be quarantined in an approved premise either in the exporting country or in the Netherlands at least 30 days prior to import.

Birds can enter the Netherlands from other EU countries with a current health certificate. Birds from other countries must contact NVWA for consideration.

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.

12.

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.

13.

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CITES endangered turtle

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 your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your 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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