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Slovenia Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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For owners of pets entering or returning to Slovenia from the United Kingdom (UK): as of January 31, 2020, if there is no ratified deal between the UK and EU, the UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted (high-rabies) country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. If this is the case, then a titer test will be required a minimum of 3 calendar months in advance of travel any EU Member State from the UK. (see step #3) Your pet will also need an EU health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. (see step #5) Your pet will need to enter the EU at an approved Border Inspection Post.
For owners of pets returning to the UK from the EU, your pet will need either an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens) or the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU.

There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Slovenia as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Slovenia is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet currently has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:

  • You can bring your own microchip scanner.
  • You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the EU and inquire as to whether they have scanners that can read your pet's chip.
  • If your pet's current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
  • 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 was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.

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2.

Rabies Vaccination

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All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter Slovenia.

The first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the primary vaccination and it should be a one year vaccine unless manufacturer specifications permit its use as a primary vaccination. If your pet's previous rabies vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the next vaccination becomes the primary vaccination.

All vaccinations that are administered after the primary vaccination are called booster vaccinations.

If your pet is entering Slovenia from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the primary rabies vaccination must be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering Slovenia.

There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:

  • the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
  • the booster vaccination was administered before the previous vaccination had expired.

Slovenia does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster, not as a primary vaccination. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered Slovenia, 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.

If your pet is entering Slovenia from a high-rabies country, it must wait for a minimum of 30 days after the primary or booster vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).

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3.

Rabies Titer Test

Rabies Titer Test

If your pet is entering Slovenia from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting a minium of 30 days after the primary or booster vaccination, a rabies titer test (FAVN) must be administered. (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 Slovenia no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Slovenia from a high-rabies country.

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4.

Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

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A tapeworm treatment is not required when entering Slovenia from any country.

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5.

Health Certificate

pet health certificate

The type of health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.

Non-Commercial Transport: 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.
Non-Commercial Trasport to Slovenia from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Slovenia from a high-rabies country, the step 3 will apply.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Slovenia within 10 days of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA and the health certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.

If traveling to Slovenia 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 dogs, cats or ferrets. The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Non-Commercial Transport to Slovenia from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.

Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Slovenia 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.

No matter what country you are entering Slovenia from, 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.

Commercial Transport: 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 OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial Transport to Slovenia from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate within 48 hours of travel. If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA for endorsement by the State USDA unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.

If traveling to Slovenia 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 dogs, cats or ferrets. The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at Ljubljana. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.

All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.

Commercial Transport to Slovenia from high-rabies countries outside the EU:

Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Slovenia from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.

Commercial Transport to Slovenia from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

If your pet is traveling to Slovenia 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. The transport must be registered in the TRACES system.

6.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Slovenia

If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)

7.

Entering Slovenia from Malaysia & Australia

Malaysia

If your pet is entering Slovenia from peninsular Malaysia, the following conditions must be met:

1. Your pet has had no contact with pigs during at least the past 60 days prior to export.
2. Your pet has not lived in a place where cases of Nipah disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.
3. Your pet has been tested with negative a result to an IgG capture ELISA test carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for Nipah disease viruses within 10 days of export.

Cats may only enter Slovenia from Australia under the condition that they have not lived in areas where cases of Hendra disease have been confirmed during the past 60 days.

8.

Entering Slovenia by Air

airplane

Unaccompanied pets entering Slovenia from a non-EU country must enter Slovenia by air at Ljubljana, Maribor or Portoroz.

Pets should enter Slovenia 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 Slovenia. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

9.

Puppies and Kittens

Slovenia 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 Slovenia only from another EU Member State. Your puppy, kitten or ferret must be  accompanied by an EU Pet Passport and microchipped.

The puppy or kitten 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.

Unaccompanied puppies and kittens will need to be microchipped and follow the steps outlined above for unaccompanied transport from a non-EU country in step 4. The transport must be tracked through the Community Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).

Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age and there is a 21 day wait for puppies and kittens arriving from EU Member States or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering Slovenia from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age. 

10.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Slovenia

Slovenia does not publish a list of banned breeds.

11.

Exporting Pets Living in Slovenia

export pets from Slovenia

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Slovenia for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Slovenia.  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 Slovenia if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for unaccompanied transports.

 

12.

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 Slovenia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

13.

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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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 your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your 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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