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Croatia Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine for your pet as long as the following regulations 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 10.

1.

Pet Microchip

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The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Croatia 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.

Rabies Vaccination

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If your pet is entering Croatia 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.

Croatia 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 Croatia, 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 Croatia 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 by a licensed veterinarian.  (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 Croatia no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn. This step is not required unless entering Croatia from a high-rabies country.

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4.

Health Certificate

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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 Croatia from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Croatia 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 Croatia 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 Croatia 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.

Pets entering Croatia with or within 5 days of their owners can enter Croatia at airports locatd in: Dubrovnik, Mali Lošinj, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar and Zagreb.

Non-Commercial Import to Croatia from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Croatia 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 Croatia 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.
Commercial Travel to Croatia from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Croatia 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 Croatia 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.) 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 Zagreb. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

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

Commercial Travel to Croatia from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- If your pet is traveling to Croatia alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

5.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Croatia

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 #6)

6.

Entering Croatia by Air

airplane

Unless you are entering Croatia with or within 5 days of your pet from the following countries (Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Vatican City), your pet must enter Croatia by air at Dubrovnik, Mali Lošinj, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar and Zagreb. If your pet is flying alone, it should enter Crotia at Zagreb.

Pets should enter Croatia 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 Croatia. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

7.

Puppies and Kittens

Croatia 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

 are permitted to enter Croatia only from another EU Member State. Your puppy, kitten or ferret must be  accompanied by an EU Pet Passport and microchipped.

It 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 not left its place of birth and 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.

Unaccompanied puppies and kittens will need to be microchipped and follow the steps outlined above for unaccompanied transport from a non-EU country in step 4. The transport must be tracked through the Community Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).

Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age and there is a 21 day wait for puppies and kittens arriving from EU Member States or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering Finland from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age. 

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Croatia

All bull terrier-type dogs and their crosses (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier) which do not possess a pedigree issued by the Kennel Club of one of the member countries of the International Canine Organizations (FCI) will not be permitted entry to Croatia. The transit, entry and temporary stay is forbidden for all the bull-type terriers not registered with the FCI, and also for all their hybrids (cross bred) types.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in Croatia

export pets from Croatia

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Croatia for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Croatia.  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 Croatia if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.

10.

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 Croatia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

11.

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. .

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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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