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Norway Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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NOTICE: The EU Commission has classified the United Kingdom as a Part 2 Listed Third Country. (more information here on this classification) If you are planning to travel to Norway from the United Kingdom, a titer test will not be required; however, UK Pet Passports will not be accepted. A different health certificate will be required. See step #5.


There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Norway 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 13.


Pet Microchip

pet microchip

The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Norway 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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Rabies Vaccination

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The next step is to have your pet vaccinated for rabies with an inactive vaccine that is approved in your country by a licensed veterinarian.

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 Norway 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 Norway.

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.

Norway 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 Norway, 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 Norway 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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Rabies Titer Test

Rabies Titer Test

If your pet is entering Norway from a country not listed in step #7, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting a minimum of30 days after 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 Norway no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Norway from a high-rabies country.

If your pet is returning with you or your representative from a country not listed in step #7, the 90 day rule will not apply as long as the rabies titer test was done in the EU prior to leaving and noted in the EU Pet Passport. If your pet is due for a rabies booster during your stay, a non-commercial EU health certificate will be required wnen returning to Norway (see step #5).

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Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only

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Before your dog can enter Norway, it must be treated against certain tapeworms by a licensed veterinarian between one and five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Northern Ireland, Finland, Ireland, or Malta.

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Pet Health Certificate

pet health certificate Norway

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 Travel to Norway from a country outside of the EU:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Norway 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 Norway. Endorsement by a government veterinarian must occur within 10 days of arrival.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. 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 Travel to Norway from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Norway 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 Norway 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 animals are traveling with or without their owner.
An import permit is required for all commercial pet imports to Norway.


Commercial Travel to Norway 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. The certificate must be issued and endorsed within 48 hours of travel.

This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. 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 Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.

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

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

Traveling to Norway from another EU Member State:

Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

If your pet is traveling to Norway unaccompanied from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Your veterinarian must supply 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 and entered into the TRACES system.

Your pet can enter Norway through all border crossings.


Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Norway

If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)


Countries that Norway consideres rabies-controlled

rabies-free countries Australia

Norway considers the following non-EU countries as rabies-controlled: all EU countries, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension, Australia, Barbados, Bahrein, Belarus, Bermuda, Bosnia and Hercegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Dutch Antilles, Fiji, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malaysia, (Special rules for Malaysia), Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russia, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE, the United States, Vanuatu, the Vatican, Wallis, Futuna and Saint Lucia.

All pets entering Norway that are not listed above must enter Norway with or within 5 days of their owner or owner's representative.


Entering Norway from Malaysia & Australia


If your pet is entering Norway 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 Norway 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.


Entering Norway


Unless you are entering Norway with or within 5 days of your pet from the following countries (Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Vatican City), your pet must enter Norway by air at Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

Pets should enter Norway directly or transit through another EU Member State, if possible. If your pet is entering Norway from a Non-EU Member State (or those listed above), 48 hour notice should be provided to border inspection.

Dogs, cats and ferrets can also enter Norway from Russia by land at the Storskog Road Border Inspection Post.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Norway. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Pets should arrive during weekdays before 1:00 PM to clear customs.


Puppies and Kittens

Norway puppy or kitten import

Non-vaccinated puppies, kittens and ferrets are not permitted to enter Norway from any country or EU Member State. Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age and only after a microchip is implanted.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Norway

Norway will not permit the import of the following breeds, their crosses or any mixes that resemble the breed: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasilerio, Toso Inu, Dogo Argentino, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.

Whatever the breed, it is against the law to own, breed or import dogs which are aggressive or combative or have been trained to attack or defend themselves or their owner from other people or dogs.


Exporting Pets Living in Norway

export pets from Norway

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Norway for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Norway.  If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a high-rabies country, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave Norway if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

Up to 3 rabbies, rodents or birds can enter Norway with their owner if their transport is not intended for transfer of ownership or commercial reasons. If your pet is a parrot or is entering Norway from a country that is not an EU Member State, they must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in the origination country confirming that they did not display any signs of disease within 10 days of travel.

All pets from non-EU Member States mentioned above must enter Norway via Border Inspection Posts at Oslo Gardermoen or Storsko with 48 hour notification of their arrival.



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 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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