Greenland Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Dogs and cats entering Greenland must conform to the following requirements which also apply to service and emotional support animals.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Greenland 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).
If your pet is entering Greenland 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 a 15 digit 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.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Greenland 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. (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 Austria no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Greenland from a high-rabies country.
A licensed veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for Greenland. Although it is not required, we recommend that a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian complete the form and you have it endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are traveling from another country, the Governing Authority responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
An import permit from the Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture is required when entering Greenland with your dog or cat.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment administered by a licensed veterinarian shortly prior to travel is required prior when entering Greenland.
Entering Greenland by Air
Pets must enter Greenland via Nuuk International Airport.
All service dogs must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Greenland. They should be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age and follow steps 3-6 before entering Greenland.
Greenland does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, and may not be permitted to enter Greenland. 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 (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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