Pet Passport Switzerland
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Switzerland
Switzerland does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:
- Your dog, cat or ferret must be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Your dog, cat or ferret must be vaccinated against rabies and other diseases at
least 30 days but not more than 12 months prior to entry. (See
- If your pet is entering Switzerland from a country
listed below with a high risk of rabies,***
then your vet will need to administer a Blood Titer test no
sooner than 30 days after rabies vaccination. (Have your
veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer
test.) The test should be
given no sooner than 90 days prior to entering Switzerland.
Also, an import permit will be required.
- If your pet is entering Switzerland from member
state of the EU or other EU countries listed below*,
then a pet passport issued by the EU or your country is
mandatory instead of a veterinary certificate.
- If your pet is entering Switzerland from either a rabies-controlled country** or a country with a high risk of rabies,*** within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete a Vaccination Certificate for Visiting Switzerland 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. Endorsement is not required if traveling from another EU country or Norway.
EXCEPTIONS: Certain pets can be imported without a rabies vaccination certificate:
- Cats and dogs from countries that forbid rabies
vaccinations (Australia and New Zealand).
- Puppies and kittens up to five months of age from other EU countries or from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. (Exceptions: States of the former Soviet Union)
- Cats and dogs traveling through Switzerland by air or rail without a stopover
Entering with more than 5 personally owned pets will be considered a commercial import and will require an Annex I form (instead of an Annex IV form) which must be endorsed by the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of animals. Your pet must enter Switzerland at an approved Border Inspection Post and 48 hour notice must be given. All requirements above apply.
Restrictions: Pets with docked ears or cropped tails relocating to Switzerland will be permitted although it is not permitted as a practice.
Puppies and Kittens: Puppies and kittens less than three months old entering Switzerland from rabies-controlled countries** may only be brought into Switzerland if they are accompanied by and still dependent on their mother or if an additional veterinary certificate can be provided showing that they have been kept at the place where they were born since birth and have never come into contact with wild animals which could have been exposed to an infection with rabies. Dogs younger than 56 days can only be brought to Switzerland if they are accompanied by their mother.
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.
Pet Passport for visiting Switzerland
Pet Passport for relocating to Switzerland
Pet Passport for entering Switzerland from a country with a high risk of rabies.
*Member States of the EU and other EU countries: Pets entering Switzerland from the following countries are required to present a pet passport from their country: Andorra, Austria, Belguim, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Cyprus (southern part only), Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Faeroe Islands, France, United Kingdom, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greenland , Guadeloupe, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Monaco, Martinique, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, San Marino and Vatican State.
**Countries Switzerland considers as being rabies-controlled: American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda, Belarus, Bonaire, Canada, Chile, Curacao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Mayotte, Monserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, North Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saba, Singapore, Sint Maarten, St Eustatius, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Helena, St Pierre and MiquilonSt Vincent and Grenadines, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uunited States, US Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates, Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
***Countries Switzerland considers as high-risk countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Albania, Armenia, Angola, Antarctica, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Brunei, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bouvet Island, Botswana, Belize, Cocos Islands, Congo, Central Aftican Republic, Ivory Coast, Comoroa, Cook Islands, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Chad, Christmas Islands, Cyprus (northern part), Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Genada, Georgia, Ghana, Gamvia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Heard and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, India, British Indian Ocean Territories, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kambuchea, Kiribati, Korea (North & South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libia, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nanibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Soloman Islands, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzebekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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.
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 (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
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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