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Romania Pet Passport & Regulations

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Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10. Regulations also apply to service and emotional support dogs and cats.

1.

Pet Microchip

Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.

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's current rabies vaccination was administered after the tattoo was applied

2.

Vaccinations

pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is entering Romania from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need a rabies vaccination after a microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. Puppies and kittens may not be vaccinated for rabies before turning 12 weeks of age.

If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will need to be revaccinated after a chip is implanted.

Romania does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets entering the country from outside of the EU. When entering Romania from another EU Member State, annual rabies vaccinations maybe required.

Once you have entered Romania, 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 Romania 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 Romania no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn. This step is not required unless entering Romania from a high-rabies country.

4.

Health Certificate

Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.

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. If this is correct, then your pet will travel under non-commercial regulations as follows:
pet health certificate Traveling to Romania from a country outside of the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If traveling to Romania from a high-rabies country, step 3 will apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Romania within 10 days 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 non-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 Romania 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.

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.

Traveling to Romania 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 Romania 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.

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. If either of these is correct, then your pet will travel under commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Romania 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 Romania 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 Romania 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 Bucharest. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.

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

Traveling to Romania from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- If your pet is traveling to Romania 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 Romania

If you are traveling to Romania 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 as listed above (commercial EU health certificate instead of non-commercial EU health certificate), and have endorsement from the government agency in your country that regulates the import and export of animals. An agent should handle the transport.

If you are entering Romania from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.If you are traveling to Romania from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system.

6.

Entering Romania by Air

airplane

If your pet is entering Romania from a non-EU country, your pet must enter Romania by air at Bucharest.

Pets should enter Romania 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 Romania. 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

Romania 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 Romania only from another EU Member State with their owner. 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.

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Romania

The following breeds of dog are not permitted to enter Romania: American Pitt Bull Terrier, Boerboel and Ban Dog. The following breeds of dogs are required to wear a muzzle: German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Belgian Malinois, Dogo Canario, Komondor, Kuvasz and Riesenschnauzer.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in Romania

export pets from Romania

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Romania for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Romania.  If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a high-rabies country, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test at least 3 months before you leave Romania if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for unaccompanied 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 Romania. 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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