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Luxembourg Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet 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 Luxembourg 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.

Vaccinations

pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is entering Luxembourg 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.

Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg, 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

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Luxembourg from a high-rabies country (click here).

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4.

Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

tapeworm treatment

A tapeworm treatment is not required when entering Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg 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 Austria 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 Luxembourg 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.
Traveling to Luxembourg from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Luxembourg 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 commercial EU health certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

If traveling to Luxembourg 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 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.) It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.

Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at the international airport in Luxembourg. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.

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

Traveling to Luxembourg from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

Your pet must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of animals.

Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet.

Your pet's veterinarian must issue an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

Your pet's transport must be entered into the TRACES system.

6.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Luxembourg

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 Luxembourg by Air

airplane

Pets entering by air from non-EU countries must do so at Border Inspection Post at the international airport in Luxembourg.

Pets should enter Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg. 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

Luxembourg puppy or kitten import

Puppies and kittens who are either:

-under 12 weeks of age and not vaccinated for rabies or
-over 12 weeks of age, vaccinated for rabies but cannot meet the 21 day wait requirement.

can enter Luxembourg only from another EU Member State and only under the following conditions:

  • Your puppy or kitten must be accompanied by its owner or legal representative.
  • Since the day of its birth, the puppy or kitten has been kept indoors and has been raised at the place where it was born.
  • Your puppy or kitten must be microchipped.
  • Your puppy or kitten must be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport.

Your puppy or kitten must also be accompanied by either:

- a declaration of the owner attached to its passport stating that, from birth until the time of import, your pet has had no contact with wild animals that could carry rabies or

- their mother whose passport indicates that she was currently vaccinated for rabies at the time she gave birth.

Puppies and kittens older than 12 weeks are subject to the regulations in steps 1 and 2 above.

9.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Luxembourg

Luxembourg does not publish a list of banned breeds.

10.

Exporting Pets Living in Luxembourg

export pets from Luxembourg

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Luxembourg for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Luxembourg.  If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a high-rabies country, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave Luxembourg if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.

11.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles 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 Luxembourg. 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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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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