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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 the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the 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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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Russia

Russia does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

This completes a pet passport for your dog or cat to enter Russia.

Dog Passport Russia

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.

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. 

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donna.m.freeman.9
my husband and I will be traveling through Sheremetyevo Airport on our way to China via Miami...we have an 8 hour layover - will I be able to take her out of the airport to go potty? She is not puppy pad trained, and being 8 yrs old I don't see how I can train her to do that now.....any advice? is there a pet relief station???
Posted on 2014-05-31 06:49:51.0
PetTravel
If your pet is traveling with you in the cabin, then you need to stay in the terminal during the layover else you will need to clear customs and enter Russia. You will need to monitor hydration. Keep 2 pads in your carrier, one on top of another in case of accidents.
Posted on 2014-06-14 21:16:10.0
aulakhby
how to import russian pitbull dog in india
Posted on 2014-06-15 18:18:35.0
PetTravel
Delpreet - you can find details on importing your dog to India here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/india.cfm. Regulations require, however, that your pet was a former resident of India and they are returning or you are relocating to India as a resident.
Posted on 2014-06-17 03:56:41.0
cassie.y.miller
If you are traveling with your pet in cabin to Russia from the USA and the pups is under 3 months do you have to have rabies and pet passport?
Posted on 2014-07-10 15:56:34.0
hollysumner.ff
What about a cruise that ports for a few hours in Russia?
Posted on 2014-07-13 15:05:55.0
PetTravel
You will have to check with your cruise ship and inquire as to whether your pet can disembark. It would require advance notification to veterinary authorities. You would still have to adhere to all regulations to bring your pet to Russia. http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/russia.cfm
Posted on 2014-07-17 03:05:15.0
PetTravel
Puppies should not be given rabies vaccinations until they are at least 3 months old. The rabies vaccination must be given at least 30 days prior to entering the country. We are not aware that un-vaccinated puppies will be allowed to enter without quarantine.
Posted on 2014-07-17 03:13:04.0
elaine.story.376
I have a 3 month kitten i need to take by train within russia. Does it need any papers?
Posted on 2014-07-31 21:19:08.0
PetTravel
Elaine - you should travel with proof of rabies vaccination. It is required at 3 months. A health certificate issued by your vet may also be required by your train or the state you are entering. Alsways good to travel with one, but may not be necessary.
Posted on 2014-08-01 04:04:43.0
PetTravel
Holly - it also depends on where the cruise is originating from. If your pet disembarks in Russia, it may not be able to return to the originating country without a titer test as Russia is considered a high-rabies country by the EU.
Posted on 2014-08-01 04:06:20.0
kct.xyooj
How do i go about shipping a puppy to russia from the usa. Airlines contact and whatever requirements need... ? Thanks
Posted on 2014-08-13 07:19:26.0
PetTravel
Kon - if you are looking to ship your puppy yourself, your puppy will need proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering Russia as well as an APHIS 7001 form and health certificate completed by an accredited USDA vet and endorsed by the USDA. Puppies should not be vaccinated for rabies prior to 3 months. It would be helpful to know the cities the puppy is going from and to in order to advise about airlines serving the route..
Posted on 2014-08-16 21:19:02.0
melster.p
Hi, we are moving to Sakhalin Island, Russia from New Zealand. We can import to Russia ok but getting back in to NZ will be a problem for our dog and 2 cats as our government will not allow any animal from Russia to be directly imported. I am having trouble finding out where we can have them for 6 months between Russia and NZ to come home. Do you have any suggestions please? Thanks very much
Posted on 2014-09-03 10:34:01.0
PetTravel
Hi Mel - did you look on the list of countries on this page? http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/newzealand.cfm. Remember too that you will need to have a titer test between 3 and 6 months of arrival to NZ so you would want to locate in a country where the sample could reach the lab quickly. You may consider an EU country on the list if Sakhalin Island is considered part of the Russian Federation and the EU considers it a country where rabies is controlled. If that is the case, you would need only a microchip followed by a rabies vaccination and an Annex II Form for the country you would be entering.
Posted on 2014-09-11 03:06:36.0

PetTravel can you please help me if Russia requires BLOOD Test for Pet Passport? Thanks.
Posted on 2014-09-16 08:29:11.0
PetTravel
Anne Adams Russia does not require a blood titer test for entry.
Posted on 2014-09-18 03:41:47.0

PetTravel Thank you so much. BTW, do you happen to have a list of countries that require Blood test? Thanks.
Posted on 2014-09-18 04:01:17.0
PetTravel
Anne Adams Anne - you ask a difficult question. Many countries require a blood test when your pet is entering from a high-rabies country, but not when your pet is entering from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country. (the EU is like this) Most all islands that are rabies-free (Australia, Hawaii, Japan, New Zealand, Iceland and more) will require blood tests. But other countries do as well. If you are looking for regulations for most all countries in the world, you can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm.
Posted on 2014-09-20 01:47:06.0
abedal.zorba
hi i would like to get two dogs from Russia and travel to Jordan what kind of paper can i do , and its easy or hard to travel with my dogs ?
Posted on 2014-09-28 05:45:03.0
PetTravel
Geuvara - Jordan is not difficult to enter with a dog. You will need proof of rabies vaccination between 30 days and one year of entering and a health certificate. As for exporting your dogs from Russia, you will need the health certificate issued by a Russian vet, proof of rabies vaccination, and microchip is recommended.
Posted on 2014-09-30 02:36:41.0
abedal.zorba
? PetTravel thank you a lot your really help me regards
Posted on 2014-09-30 02:38:10.0
PetTravel
Marsmara - as long as you stay on the same airline in and out of Germany, you do not need to enter the country and conform to their rules. You will need to present the forms listed here when checking in at Dallas: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/russia.cfm. (proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate) Not sure if Lufthansa would fly your cat in the cabin on such a long trip, but worth asking them.
Posted on 2014-11-03 03:55:59.0
kris151266
I would like to send a puppy to Russia from Australia
Posted on 2014-11-21 21:43:50.0
PetTravel
You will need to read the export requirements for Australia. (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/export/live-animals/companion) Your puppy should be vaccinated not sooner than 3 months and at least 30 days prior to entering Russia and should have a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.
Posted on 2014-11-22 04:29:10.0
julie.maas.142
are cat/kitten being allowed to come into Russia from Australia. We are being told Russia is not accepting them from Australia.
Posted on 2014-12-01 11:55:14.0
PetTravel
Julie - the EU restricts cats from Australia unless they are accompanied with a certificate from the Australian Veterinary Authorities confirming that they have not been where Hendra virus has been confirmed during the 60 days prior to export. You may want to inquire whether this is the issue and whether a certificate would address the issue. DAFF should be able to help you.
Posted on 2014-12-03 03:03:53.0
julie.maas.142
PetTravel Thanks for answering. But DAFF don't know why.
Posted on 2014-12-03 04:15:12.0
PetTravel
Julie Maas You should direct your question to the Ministry of Agriculture in Russia or the Russian Embassy.
Posted on 2014-12-07 02:54:04.0
artiouchkov
Is it possible to send a cat from the US to Russia all alone, unattended?
Posted on 2014-12-19 19:11:41.0
ariatonini
So it seems pretty easy bringing cats TO Russia, but what about bringing them back into the US? Would they have to quarantine or anything on the way back?
Posted on 2014-12-21 00:50:38.0
honeypaws.cattery
Hello I will have to receive a persian kitten from Moscow in february. Can you please tell me which documents are required and which vaccinations? thanks Anna
Posted on 2014-12-21 14:58:01.0
PetTravel
It is. That would be considered an unaccompanied cargo transport. You'll want to get in touch with the cargo department of the airline servicing a route between the U.S. and Russia.
Posted on 2014-12-23 19:58:35.0
artiouchkov
PetTravel Thank you!
Posted on 2014-12-23 19:59:27.0
PetTravel
Hello Anna, What is the country the pet is being transported to? The import rules can vary greatly depending on that.
Posted on 2014-12-23 20:00:18.0
PetTravel
Hello Aria, All that is required to enter the U.S. is to have a health certificate (completed in English) showing that the pet has a valid rabies vaccination. No quarantine is necessary.
Posted on 2014-12-23 20:01:31.0
honeypaws.cattery
from Moscow to Milano, Italy
Posted on 2014-12-23 20:54:22.0
PetTravel
Anna Honeypaws Anna - the regulations for the import of unaccompanied pets is changing December 29, 2014 and the kitten will need to travel under commercial regulations. Your kitty cannot be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies before 3 months of age. It must wait 21 days after vaccination. A veterinarian must complete an Annex IV form within 48 hours of travel. You can find more details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/italy.cfm
Posted on 2014-12-27 19:23:47.0
darkmagic.bombays
hello, the cat is supposed to enter to Italy with a courier, so trasported in cabin. There are particular vaccination rules , as anticorpal rabies quaranteen or the cancan be accompanied with 2 vaccinations and rabies shot and chip, as in the past?
Posted on 2014-12-28 12:20:37.0
sana.fanous.5
Hi my name is Sana Fanous my sister have a pet shop .we are searching for somebody who can work with us .we need about 15 puppies like ,papillon,Yorkshire,chihuahua,golden ,pug... If someone is interested please tell us thank you
Posted on 2015-01-21 15:43:37.0
lilichihuahua
My dog was diagnosed with heartworms, but is getting treated. Will he still be able to travel to Russia with me?
Posted on 2015-01-23 15:12:36.0
norma.bogle
I want to ship my Schnauser from Texas to Sakhalin, unaccompanied, i understand that he must clear customs in Moscow, Does anyone know if there is an agency in Moscow that we could hire to recieve our dog, get him thru customs, and put him back on a flight to Yuzhno, Sakhalin?
Posted on 2015-01-25 10:30:28.0
PetTravel
Yes you can bring your dog to Russia as if it is being treated for heartworm. It does not appear on the list of diseases communicable to humans.
Posted on 2015-01-25 14:08:37.0
PetTravel
Norma - try IPATA.org. You can search for a licensed pet transporter by country or airport.
Posted on 2015-01-25 14:09:12.0
carynann.langley
I am wanting to drive from China to Russia and then through to Europe and finally England with my dog. How can I go about doing this? Please can you let me know what I need to get for my dog and where I can get it from?
Posted on 2015-01-26 10:48:03.0
PetTravel
Hello Caryn-Ann - before you start your trip, you should research export requirements from China. Have your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order), wait 30 days and have your vet give your pet a Blood Titer Test. Assuming acceptable results, your pet can enter the EU 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn for the test. In order to enter Russia, you will need a proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate issued 10 days prior to entry. To enter the EU, you will need an Annex IV form for the first country you enter completed within 10 days of travel. You can use that Annex form for 4 months of travel through the EU. To enter the UK you will also need a tapeworm test between one and five days of entry. So you may need a vet visit or 2 along the way. You can find details for all these countries here with links to instructions and forms if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm
Posted on 2015-01-29 04:31:27.0
mark.hardy.712
I need to ship my Cat from Russia to the UK via Moscow, I know I need to complete an an Annex IV form, but I am not clear who would normally complete this, Am I correct that it needs to be filled out by a vet in our local city, but then endorsed by some authority perhaps in Moscow or at the airport?
Posted on 2015-01-30 08:18:15.0
PetTravel
Hello Mark, The Annex IV needs to be completed by a vet and then endorsed by the official veterinary authority in Russia, which would be the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance. The endorsement has to be completed within 10 days of entry into the UK. The main office is in Moscow: Address: 107139, Moscow, Orlikov pereulok, 1/11 Phone: 207-8386 English or 975-5929 Russian Fax: (+7 495) 607-51-11 E-mail: info@svfk.mcx.ru
Posted on 2015-01-30 15:30:39.0
becky.bee22
I am receiving a puppy from Russia into Italy, Do you know how much the taxes will be?
Posted on 2015-02-03 11:01:53.0
PetTravel
Hi Becky - it would depend on the breed and value of the puppy. Your pup would conform to the regulations of commercial transport and must be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies not less than 3 months of age and wait 21 days prior to entering the country.
Posted on 2015-02-05 03:10:54.0
sofya.morozova.5
Hello! I need you advise. We're going to ship our dog from Russia to UK by road. But it's really hard to find a firm which can help with the trip. Can you advise any service or company which could manage with it? Or the only way still is to use cargo service?
Posted on 2015-03-02 12:07:07.0
lene.johansen.37
Hello, I am going to export a puppy from Russia to Norway. And we have rabies rules that says the puppy has to be 3 month before you can give a rabies vaccination and then wait 21 days before import to Norway. But I just heard that if I will export a puppy from Russia it is new rules that says I have to wait 30 days after the vaccination. It thats true ???
Posted on 2015-03-04 08:16:27.0
lene.johansen.37
*new rules in Russia for export I mean :)
Posted on 2015-03-04 08:18:07.0
PetTravel
Sofya - you can try IPATA.org and see if there is an agent that will provide for ground transport. If they don't ask an agent if they can refer you to someone who can.
Posted on 2015-04-12 03:34:17.0
PetTravel
Lene - as most countries require that the vaccination be administered 30 days prior to import, it may be for that reason that the rules have changed.
Posted on 2015-04-12 03:38:29.0
sydnie.mann.3
I was wondering if you know what is involved in importing a dog from RUSSIA TO AUSTRALIA??
Posted on 2015-04-19 12:50:20.0
lucy.methven
I want to take my dog from Russia to Costa rica. Can you tell me what forms I will need to provide the Russian officials with to leave the country?
Posted on 2015-04-22 05:21:54.0
agnieszka.walker
Hi, I will be stopping in Moscow on my way from Poland back to the US - which country do I choose for departure - Poland since we'll be traveling directly from there or US since the dog is from here? (we'll be staying in Poland for 4 weeks). Thank you!!
Posted on 2015-04-23 22:19:42.0
PetTravel
Sydnie - Russia is not a DAFF approved country. You will need to start with the chip, vaccination and titer test at home 6-7 months ahead of time, then take your pet to a DAFF approved country about 6 weeks prior to travel, have blood tests done and enter Australia from that country. Details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/australia.cfm
Posted on 2015-05-02 03:44:50.0
PetTravel
Lucy - your pet will need a health certificate issued just before traveling as well as vaccination history and microchip certificate with info on chip. You will also need to produce the information for your destination country.
Posted on 2015-05-02 03:48:43.0
PetTravel
Agnieszka - your departure country is Poland if you are just laying over in Moscow on the way back to the US. If you are flying the same airline in and out of the city, you will transit. Your arrival country is the US.
Posted on 2015-05-02 03:55:54.0

I wanna bring 2 cute kittens from Russian to USA.... Do you know what paperwork, shots they should have and how old they need to be?
Posted on 2015-05-28 14:18:19.0

Su Jeong - the answer to your question depends on the class of service that the dog is traveling under. If it is entering the country via air cargo (unaccompanied), then there will most likely be import taxes levied based on the value, either of the dog or the transport (varies by country). If traveling with the owner, there may be customs clearance charges, and you should contact customs officials at your airport for that information.
Posted on 2015-06-07 19:52:52.0

Mila - as we warn everyone who purchases pets over the internet, be very careful of scams. Bad people have broken many hearts and wallets since these scams began. Just need to mention that for your protection. To answer your question, there is no minimum age limit that the USDA or CDC assigns for kittens, however, the airlines normally restrict international travel for puppies and kittens to 10-15 weeks of age. The older they are, the better their respiratory systems are developed.
Posted on 2015-06-07 19:56:51.0

I have been living in Moscow for two years - brought my cat with me from Australia and have kept her vaccines and check up-s up to date. I would like to get her a propper animal passport, as I am not sure where we will be going next and I've also heard about some friends who have taken their animals on holiday with them...but they were form the UK and got the passport there ... who can I contact in Moscow to have such a travel document/passport issued? Thank you in advance.
Posted on 2015-06-14 16:22:16.0

Annelize - the EU Pet Passport can only be issued by veterinarians in the EU. They are good in all EU countries and the US and Canada and a few other countries. Other countries do not issue such passports including Russia. We would also note that a passport will not cause exceptions from other requirements.
Posted on 2015-06-17 04:46:21.0

I need to ship my Cat from Russia to the UK via st petersburg, I know I need to complete an an Annex IV form, but I am not clear who would normally complete this, Am I correct that it needs to be filled out by a vet in our local city, but then endorsed by some authority perhaps in st petersburg or at the airport? the vet has some problems understanding the annex 4 do you have a russian translation for the form and where do I get the form endorsed in st petersburg thanks ian
Posted on 2015-06-28 12:50:25.0

I need to ship my Cat from Russia to the UK via st petersburg, I know I need to complete an an Annex IV form, but I am not clear who would normally complete this, Am I correct that it needs to be filled out by a vet in our local city, but then endorsed by some authority perhaps in st petersburg or at the airport? the vet has some problems understanding the annex 4 do you have a russian translation for the form and where do I get the form endorsed in st petersburg thanks ian
Posted on 2015-06-28 12:52:46.0