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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, cat or ferret to Switzerland

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

EXCEPTIONS:  Certain pets can be imported without a rabies vaccination certificate:

Commercial Imports: Switzerland does not permit commercial imports where the adoption or sale of animals coming from an animal shelter or purchases over the internet or similar include a transfer of ownership to the new owner will take place in Switzerland. Entering with more than 5 personally owned pets will be considered a commercial import and will require additional documentation.

Restrictions: Pets with docked ears or cropped tails will not be permitted to enter Switzerland.

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.

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*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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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
Hi PetTravel, I'm going to France and as much as I've tried to find a nonstop flight, it's really complicated and expensive, and I'm a student so I'm quite short on money. I found a cheap flight that has one stop (i've been really trying to avoid them) but it's only for an hour, so it doesn't add that much, the thing is the stop is in switzerland so I was reading up on this info. James is a schnauzer with a cropped tail (so not my choice believe me, that's the way he came to me) so if it's just for this 1 hour stop, would there be a problem? Also, how strict will they be with the rest of these rules? I've done my research on France and he's got his chip and I'm getting everything ready for him. I'm a bit confused as well, if coming from a no or low rabies incident country, he doesn't need a blood test for entering Switz right? I know he doesn't for France.. Thank you very much for answering all my nervous questions! :)
Posted on 2014-07-31 06:54:05.0
Angelica - as long as you are staying on the same airline in and out of Switzerland and the layover is within 2 hours, your dog will be transferred from one plane to another and you will not have to enter the country. No titer test to enter either country if you are traveling from the US.
Posted on 2014-08-01 04:02:33.0
Hello! I am planning to go with my dog to Italy from Germany driving my car through Switzerland. My dog has rabbies vaccinations, EU passport and microchip. Do I need to go to the vet to get the certificate 10 days before leaving?
Posted on 2014-08-07 10:31:25.0
hi i would like to addopt a puppy in guatemala city to travel to switzerland and have it live with me. its a puppy and its two moths, what do i need to travel with him by air if he doesn´'t have vacinations. am i able to travel with him on cabin?
Posted on 2014-08-09 04:04:06.0
Evita - if you have an EU pet passport updated by your vet, you will be fine. No other documentation required.
Posted on 2014-08-11 12:10:02.0
Paola - Switzerland has adopted EU regulations when it comes to importing pets. The EU considers Guatemala as a high-rabies country, so you would not be able to import your puppy at 2 months. It will need a microchip, then rabies vaccination at 3 months. No sooner than 30 days, your pup will need a Blood Titer Test. Assuming acceptable results, your pup can enter Switxerland 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. An Annex II form must be completed by a licensed vet within 10 days of entry.
Posted on 2014-08-11 12:13:35.0
I am traveling from the US to Germany for 3 weeks and then into Switzerland for 6 months for work. My dog is micro-chipped and up to date on rabies vaccines. I will get her an international health certificate within 10 days of traveling to Germany. Once in Germany, do I need to do anything else to make sure she can get into Switzerland without any problem? Also, should I get her an EU doggie passport once in Germany to make everything easier? I will probably also travel to France and other EU countries during my stay in Geneva. Thanks!
Posted on 2014-08-19 16:43:31.0
Julienne - the Annex II form that you will use to enter Germany will be good to enter Switzerland and other EU countries for 4 months after issued and endorsed by the USDA. You will need to prove residency to get an EU pet passport.
Posted on 2014-08-20 04:11:13.0
Giving up.. Trying to travel from USA to Switzerland for 3 months. Communicating with swiss vet authorities who are telling me revacination is not required if I add another iso microchip to each cats usa read microchip they already have. Conflicts about then having to wait if revacinated again, etc. some vet tried to tell me just listen to the swiss authorities, but she can not give me the travel L passport for the pets to be revacinated. May just cave in and buy an expensive scanner to read each cats non iso microchip. Don't want to revacinate them unnecessarily, and not feeling good about spending unnecessary money and time here on the hastle and the confusion. If possible, may even ask the swiss when I'm there to implant my cats with the universal iso chip when visiting.... So much direction and confusion. Does the usda require something the Swiss do not?
Posted on 2014-09-19 03:06:14.0
PS. Cats were both vaccinated 3 months ago. Swiss authority says not necessary to revacinate if we add iso chip, in addition to USA old microchips.. What to do?
Posted on 2014-09-19 03:12:42.0
Hello. A friend of mine would like me to send her one of my p I ppies. I live in USA and she lives in Switzerland. She will not be able to come and pick out her puppy in person and so I am not sure if Switzerland will allow me to send her a puppy?? Can you help me understand theirnrukes. Thank you
Posted on 2014-10-17 22:11:22.0
Hello - according to regulations, Switzerland does not permit commercial imports where the adoption or sale of animals coming from an animal shelter or purchases over the internet or similar include a transfer of ownership to the new owner will take place in Switzerland. The only way this could be done is if the puppy enters the country with the owner.
Posted on 2014-10-19 19:04:37.0
Hello, I am taking a puppy from South Africa and the flight is Johannesburg - Prague, 1 hour interlanding in Zurich. The puppy will be too young for a vaccination (under 3 months old). Is it OK to provide the vaccination scheme of its mother than, pet passport with microchip number and health certificate issued by the vet in the republic of South Africa for the purposes of interlanding in Switzerland? Czech republic accept pets with no rabies vaccination when they are younger than 3 months. And does the same policy apply on flight to Munich in Germany? Interlanding would be again only 1 hour in Munich. Thank you for your answer in advance!
Posted on 2014-10-20 09:29:57.0
Hello - I'm travelling to Switerland in the New Year on the Brussels to Basel rail service. Our 10 year old english cocker spaniel has all his jabs up to date and his chip/pet passport is up to date. Reading this my concern is that his tail was docked when he was <1 year old (we got him from an animal shelter around 1 y.o) now - is this a problem for the Swiss authorities?
Posted on 2014-10-20 13:05:06.0
Hello Kris - In principle it is forbidden to import docked dogs into Switzerland. Owners living abroad, however, may bring their docked dog into Switzerland with them for holidays or other short stays.
Posted on 2014-10-20 16:19:56.0
Hi PetTravel, thanks for the info, however the problem is we're moving to Switzerland for a year minimum. We have an appointment coming up with our vet in Belgium soon and were wondering if there was any sort of official clarification we could ask the vet for that would help?
Posted on 2014-10-21 08:03:36.0
Kris Rutherford Kris - it is still possible to bring your Spaniel to Switzerland. Anyone who moves to Switzerland from abroad may bring his docked dog with him. It is essential to obtain information from customs in good time before relocation to establish whether the criteria are met in your case, so that your dog can be classed as so-called personal property (
Posted on 2014-10-22 15:05:47.0
Hi, We are moving to Switzerland next week but actually arrive via air to Milan, Italy and then will be driving from there to Switzerland. Do we only need to have one veterinary certificate for entry into Italy or do we need one for Switzerland too. I think I know the answer but just want to confirm (only one for Italy). Thanks, Carey
Posted on 2014-10-23 18:51:44.0
Hi, I need to travel with my dog from Italy to the US. I would like to first travel by car or train to Zurich and fly our from Zurich, as it is a direct flight and easier on my dog. What will I need to travel into Switzerland from Italy, and then to fly out of Switzerland to USA? Thank you!
Posted on 2014-10-25 13:03:38.0
Carey - the Annex II form your vet will fill out for Italy will be good to enter Switzerland as long as you enter within 4 months of entering Italy.
Posted on 2014-10-26 11:22:22.0
Suzy - your pet's EU pet passport will be fine to enter Switzerland. You will need to have your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies if you have not done so already. This must be done more than 21 days of travel. The US needs to see proof of rabies vaccination recorded in the EU pet passport. Your airline may have other requirements so you will want to confirm with them.
Posted on 2014-10-26 11:24:57.0
PetTravel Thanks so much for the answer! really helpful!
Posted on 2014-10-26 13:35:41.0
Hi There, I'm traveling next month from the US to Switzerland and then back to the US with my dog. I just want to make sure all I need is the endorsed dox 10 prior flying and no passport, correct? What about flying back to the US? Do I need any other forms to enter the US? sorry, I know above already explained everything but I'm a little bit nervous and want to make sure I understood correctly.
Posted on 2014-10-29 16:16:35.0
Fabienne - you will need to have your pet microchipped, then vaccinated - in that order - at least 21 days prior to entering Switzerland. You will need an Annex II form completed within 10 days of travel by a USDA accredited veterinarian to be endorsed by your State USDA office. Your vet will also complete an APHIS 7001 form for the airlines. They have this form or we can furnish with instructions if you need them. (links here: If you are staying in Switzerland less than a month, then you can use your forms to re-enter the US.
Posted on 2014-10-30 01:43:54.0