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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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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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.

Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 3 months are permitted to enter the Netherlands from a rabies free or a country with a low incidence of rabies with 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 must also be microchipped and have an Annex II form for the Netherlands.

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

Puppies and kittens under 15 weeks cannot enter the Netherlands.

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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Posted on 2013-07-23 20:55:56.0
Can you take birds to the Netherlands
Posted on 2013-08-19 14:05:41.0
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
I regret the late response. The pet passport should be complete.
Posted on 2014-01-01 16:01:59.0
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
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
You can only import birds to the EU from rabies controlled countries ( 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vanessa M. Young We have not heard anyone complain about KLM, only raves.
Posted on 2014-03-13 03:29:16.0
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
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
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
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