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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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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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 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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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
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
how to import russian pitbull dog in india
Posted on 2014-06-15 18:18:35.0
Delpreet - you can find details on importing your dog to India here: 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
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
What about a cruise that ports for a few hours in Russia?
Posted on 2014-07-13 15:05:55.0
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.
Posted on 2014-07-17 03:05:15.0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hi Mel - did you look on the list of countries on this page? 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
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
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:
Posted on 2014-09-20 01:47:06.0
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
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
? PetTravel thank you a lot your really help me regards
Posted on 2014-09-30 02:38:10.0
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: (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
I would like to send a puppy to Russia from Australia
Posted on 2014-11-21 21:43:50.0
You will need to read the export requirements for Australia. ( 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
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
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
PetTravel Thanks for answering. But DAFF don't know why.
Posted on 2014-12-03 04:15:12.0
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