Pet Passport Belgium
European Union (EU) regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Belgium from within the EU,
rabies free country or from a
country with a low incidence of rabies.
New pet import regulations for the
EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
Belgium 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 the order given:
- Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
implanted by your veterinarian.
If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can
bring your own
A tattoo is still accepted if it was carried out before July 3, 2011 and is still clearly readable.
- If your pet is entering Belgium from a rabies-free or
country, it will need a 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 was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a
microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip
- If your pet is entering Belgium from a
your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in
that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test 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 within acceptable limits,
your pet can enter Belgium no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. The titer test results
must be endorsed by the Govermental Authority from your country.
This step is not required unless entering Belgium from
a high rabies country.
- If you or a legal representative are traveling
within 5 days of your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then
complete an bi-lingual
Annex IV for Belgium
within 10 days of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering Belgium from another EU country, then have
your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet
If you or a legal representative are not traveling within 5 days
of your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then complete a
Annex I for Belgium
within 48 hours of entry for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if
traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are entering
Belgioum from another EU country,
then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your
pet. See additional commercial transport rules below.
- Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Your airlines may also require a health certificate even if your pet is traveling with you in the cabin or as checked baggage.
This completes a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Belgium.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Belgium by air from outside of the EU and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. You must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement. Additionally, you must enter Belgium through an approved Border Inspection Post (Brussels National Airport, Liege Airport, Ostend Airport or Brussels South Charleroi Airport)
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:
- Your pet must originate from another EU or rabies-controlled country.
- All requirements listed above must be met. (Annex I form instead of Annex IV form) Your pet must have a clinical examination within 48 hours of departure and an additional health certificate, delivered by the official veterinarian of the originating country.
- If your pet is entering Belgium from another rabies-controlled country, it must enter through a Border Inspection Post approved to clear live animals, and notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. (Brussels and Liege Airports)
Traveling with more than 5 pets: Effective December 29, 2014: If you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Belgium through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and
kittens are not permitted to enter Belgium from non-EU countries.
Rabies vaccinations cannot be given prior to 12 weeks of age.
Puppies and kittens entering Belgium from another EU country cannot
do so until the age of 15 weeks and must be microchipped and
vaccinated for rabies.
Exporting Pets from Belgium: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Belgium must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to Belgium, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.
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
Belgium. 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. If entering Belgium from outside the EU, a permit must be requested from the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain.
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.
The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Belgium. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.GOT QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS??? You can post them directly to our Facebook page, blog, forum or just enter them below. We will respond as soon as we can.