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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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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Switzerland

Switzerland does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

Entering Switzerland from a rabies free country or a country with a low incidence of rabies++:

Cats and dogs may be imported into Switzerland without a permit and quarantine if they are arriving from an European Union Country or a rabies free country.

++Switzerland also considers the following countries as countries with a low incidence of rabies: Iceland, Croatia, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and the Vatican.


Certain animals can be imported without a rabies vaccination certificate: A border veterinary inspection is not required for animals that are accompanied, except when more than three animals are imported together. Advance notification must be given at the Border Inspection Post.

Entering Switzerland from a country with a high incidence of rabies In addition to the requirements above, your pet will need an Import Permit and Blood Titer Test 30 days after rabies vaccination and 3 months prior to travel.

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Restrictions: Pets with docked ears or cropped tails will not be permitted to enter Switzerland. Entering with more than 5 pets will be considered a commercial import and will require additional documentation. Pets being sold will also be subject to the regulations of commercial import.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Switzerland, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.

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 Switzerland. 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 Switzerland. 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 2014-03-26 19:11:07.0
I'm somewhat confused on the Vet Health Cert that needs to be completed prior to the pets arriving in Switzerland. The pets will be coming for the US. I have been told the Vet Health Cert (Vet Cert to EU form 998 or Annex II) must be certified by the USDA with a raised seal. I've called my vet about this, and he is USDA certified, but mentioned the form would have to be sent out to the USDA for verification. How long prior to the pets flying can this form be filled out?
Posted on 2014-05-03 10:52:34.0
*from the US to Switzerland*
Posted on 2014-05-03 10:52:56.0
Tarah - the Annex II form must be completed and sent to the State USDA office for endorsement. You should also have an APHIS 7001 form for the airlines if you are travelng from the US. You must enter Switzerland within 10 days of endorsement.
Posted on 2014-05-05 02:59:09.0
Hi PetTravel, can you give me some help. We live in the UK and we will be going to Continental Europe this summer. We will be travelling by car with our Boston Terrier who is 2 and has all the updated vaccination - including his rabbies vaccination which he has taken last year (jun 2013). Our dog has his Pet Passport all up-to-date. We will be crossing over from Italy to Switzerland in July this year- does it mean that he will need to top up his rabbies - as he will have taken the first dose more than 12 months ago? I really appreciate your help!
Posted on 2014-05-18 18:13:00.0
Fernanda - you made no mention of a microchip. Your pet must have been vaccinated for rabies at least once AFTER a microchip was implanted. If your pet does not have a chip, then get one implanted and re-vaccinate at least 21 days prior to leaving the UK or before the current vaccination expires, whichever is sooner. If your pet has a chip that was implanted before the vaccination, it will depend on whether the vaccine was good for one year, two years or three years. If only good for one year, then get your pet re-vaccinated before the vaccine expires. Have your vet update the EU pet passport within 10 days of leaving with a health check and make sure the microchip and rabies vaccination info is recorded in the passport as well.
Posted on 2014-05-20 03:27:31.0
Your vet (if accredited by the USDA) will complete the Annex II form and also an APHIS 7001 form and you will send them to your state USDA office for endorsement. The cost is $38 I believe. You can find your state's USDA office here: (scroll to bottom of page)
Posted on 2014-05-20 03:30:54.0
PetTravel thanks a lot! He's been microchipped last year, well before the rabies vaccination. His vet said that his next rabies is due next years - so all seems fine! Thanks a lot for the clarification!
Posted on 2014-05-20 03:31:56.0
Fernanda Ash As long as his rabies vaccination does not expire, you should be fine. Get his EU pet passport updated by your vet within 10 days of travel.
Posted on 2014-05-22 03:45:22.0
Dear PetTravel, I am driving by car from Portugal to Switzerland with my 2 dogs that are 100% up to date with all vacc's and microchipped. I am also getting their passports done. Is a Health Check necessary or not ? Thanks !
Posted on 2014-06-11 11:39:27.0
Your vet should update your EU Pet Passport just prior to travel. The details of your pet's microchip and rabies vaccinations should also be included in the passport.
Posted on 2014-06-12 03:02:36.0
PetTravel Thank you very much for this information!
Posted on 2014-06-12 11:59:24.0
Pet Travel- I will be picking a dog up in Italy and driving it to fly home to US from Zurich. What documents will I need to just drive to the Zurich airport and ship the dog?
Posted on 2014-07-12 23:54:04.0
Suz - you will need permission from the VFO (Federal Veterinary Office) in Switzerland to bring an unvaccinated pup into Switzerland. Your pup should be microchipped, and you will also need a Health Certificate issued within 10 days of entering the US and permission from the CDC to import an unvaccinated puppy. This all assumes that your pet is under 3 months when you travel. If it is over 3 months, it must be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies and 21 days prior to entering.
Posted on 2014-07-18 03:34:24.0