Pet Passport Russia
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Russia
Russia does not quarantine healthy pets including service and emotional support animals who meet the following requirements:
- Your pet must originate from an area that has been free of rabies for at least 6 months.
- ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip implanted by your veterinarian. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Rabies vaccination must be performed between 21 days and 12 months before the departure.
- Dogs must be vaccinated against the following diseases:distemper, hepatitis, viral enteritis, parvovirus and adenovirus infections.
- Cats must be vaccinated against panleukemia. Cats must also undergo tests for dermatophytoses with samples processed at an approved laboratory.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Certificate for Russia within 5 days of travel indicating that the animals are clinically healthy and vaccinated against rabies. If you are traveling from the US, you will need to have a USDA-accredited vet complete a veterinary export health certificate for endorsement by the USDA within 30 days of travel. 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.
For more detailed instructions and forms to create a pet passport to take your pet to
Russia, click on the button below.
Veterinary services are available at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow as well as Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg.
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. If importing more than 2 dogs or cats or other fur-bearing animals, a permit is required and 21 days of quarantine will be imposed.
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.
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.
Puppies and kittens who are under the age of 3 months are granted an exception when leaving Russia as they should not be vaccinated for rabies until they turn 3 months. However, they should be microchipped and travel with a health certificate. Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Russia.
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: Rabbits entering Russia must originate from an area that is free from the following diseases for 12 months prior to import: rabbit viral hemorrhagic disease, tularemia, pasteurellosis (Pasteurella multocida, Mannheimia gaemolitica). Rabbits must be vaccinated against against myxomatosis, pastereullosis and viral hemorrhagic disease. 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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. Read more about CITES.
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.
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