Pet Passport Russia
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Russia
Russia does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:
- Rabies vaccination must be performed between 30 days and 12 months before the departure.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Certificate for Russia indicating that the animals are clinically healthy and vaccinated against rabies. 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 to Russia from another country with your pet, the Governing Authority in your country responsibile for the import and export of animals should endorse your forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
At the present time, you must clear customs with your pet at either of the two airports inMoscow. St. Petersburg and other airports in Russia do not have customs clearance facilities for pets.
Upon arrival you will register your pet at the airport veterinary office for a fee. You can then enter the Russian Federation, and travel to the other States of the Federation with your pet.
Owners can transport up to 2 dogs or cats.
Traveling with a pet within the Russian Federation Territory: Domestic animals are transported together with the established Veterinary Certificate with the note of the airport veterinary service. You can discuss the conditions of transportation (cage, prices, etc.) with the airline representatives when buying tickets.
Puppies and Kittens: unvaccinated animals that carry rabies (dogs, cats, ferrets, etc.) are not permitted entry to or exit from Russia.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Russia, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.
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
Russia. 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 Russia. 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.
Pet Microchip: Although Russia does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling.
The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Russia. 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.