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Estonia Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine for your pet as long as the following regulations 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 10.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

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

If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can either bring your own microchip scanner or your veterinarian can give your pet a compliant chip. If your pet has 2 microchips, 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

pet rabies vaccination

If your pet is entering Estonia from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need proof of a current rabies vaccination that was administered after the microchip was implanted.

If this is your pet's first vaccination after microchipping, it will need to wait for 21 days before traveling. There is no waiting period after boosters as long as:

  • the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
  • the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was given.

Estonia does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster unless specified by the manufacturer. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.

Once you have entered Estonia, 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.

3.

Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering Estonia from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, 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 within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Estonia no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Estonia from a high-rabies country (click here).

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4.

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 Transport to Estonia from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Estonia from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies as well.

A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Estonia 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 Estonia 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. (see item 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets). The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.

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.

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

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply.

Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Estonia 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.

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 Estonia from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Estonia commercially from EU countries, rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets from other countries may only enter Estonia with or within 5 days of their owners or their owner's representative. In this case, non-commercial rules would apply.

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply.

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

If traveling to Estonia 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. (see item 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets). It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.

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

Commercial Transport to Estonia from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply.

If your pet is traveling to Estonia alone from another EU Member State, your pet 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.

5.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Estonia

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)

6.

Entering Estonia by Air

airplane

Pets entering by air must do so at an approved Border Inspection Post at the following international airports: Kuressaaire, Kardla, Parnu, Tallinn, Tartu and Amari. Pets can also enter at Copterterminal of Linnahall.

Pets must enter Estonia 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 Estonia. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Pets may arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.

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7.

Puppies and Kittens

Estonia 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.

can enter Estonia under the following conditions:

  • The puppy or kitten must be accompanied by its owner or legal representative
  • The puppy or kitten must have been born in another EU Member State, rabies-free country or rabies-controlled country.
  • Since the day of its birth, the puppy or kitten has been kept indoors and has been raised at the place where it was born.
  • The puppy or kitten must be microchipped.
  • The puppy or kitten must be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport (when entering from other EU Member States) or a non-commercial EU health certificate (when entering from a rabies-controlled country).

Puppies and kittens older than 12 weeks are subject to the regulations in steps 1 and 2 above.

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Estonia

Estonia does not publish a list of banned dog breeds.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in Estonia

export pets from Estonia

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Estonia for another EU Member State should meet entry requirements for their destination country before leaving Estonia.  If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test 3 months before you leave Estonia if you intend to return.

If your pet is originating from Northern Estonia, and it is traveling to the UK, it will need to follow the process in steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 above as this area is considered high-rabies by the United Kingdom.

Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.

10.

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 Estonia. For the entry of pet animals other than dogs, cats and ferrets, an import permit issued by Veterinary Services must be obtained prior to the movement. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

11.

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.

12.

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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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