Pet Passport Croatia
European Union (EU) Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or
ferret to Croatia from within the EU, from rabies
free countries or from a
country with a low incidence of rabies.
New pet import regulations for the
EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
Croatia 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 this order:
- 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
- If your pet is entering Croatia 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 is implanted.
- If your pet is entering Croatia 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 Croatia no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering
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
Annex IV for Croatia
within 10 days of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering Croatia 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 Croatia
within 48 hours of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering Croatia 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 Croatia.
**Once you have entered Croatia, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, your pet does not enter a high-rabies country, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Croatia 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.
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 be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate.
- If your pet is entering Croatia 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.
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 Croatia through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
Dangerous Dogs: All bull terrier-type dogs: 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) are considered to be dangerous dogs.They must be neutered and muzzled when in public.
Also note that the transit, entry and temporary stay on the Croatian territory is forbidden for all the bull-type terriers not registered with the FCI, and also for all their hybrids (cross bred) types.
Puppies and Kittens: Rabies vaccinations can not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age. Animals entering from EU countries, or countries outside the EU that are considered low-risk, that are under three months of age and have not been vaccinated can be imported into the territory of the Republic of Croatia if the owner or their representative holds a valid passport or certificate and if the animals have been living in the same place since birth and have not been in contact with wild animals which may have been exposed to infections, or are travelling with their mother on whom they are still dependent.
Exporting Pets from Croatia effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Croatia 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 Croatia, 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
Croatia. 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 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.
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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