Serbia Pet Passport & Regulations
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 9.
To enter Serbia, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner or, if your pet's non-ISO compliant microchip can still be read, then your veterinarian can implant an ISO-compliant microchip in addition to the one your pet currently has. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate.
If your pet is entering Serbia from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need a rabies vaccination after a microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. Puppies and kittens may not be vaccinated for rabies before turning 12 weeks of age.
If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will need to be revaccinated after a microchip is implanted.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Serbia 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 by a licensed veterinarian. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at an EU-approved laboratory. Assuming test results are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Serbia no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. This step is not required unless entering Serbia from a high-rabies country.
All pets entering Serbia from a high-rabies country will also need an import permit. The permit will take about 30 days to obtain.
If you (the owner) or your representative are traveling with or within 5 days before or after your pet, then a licensed veterinarian must complete the non-commercial health certificate for Serbia within 10 days of entry. If you or your representative are not traveling with or within 5 days of your pet, or more than 5 animals are traveling to Serbia, the commercial health certificate for Serbia must be completed 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 non-commercial EU health certificate form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. If traveling from another country, the government agency responsible for the import and export of pets must endorse the forms.
Pets entering Serbia can enter at the following border crossings:
Airport Nikola Tesla, Belgrade
Batrovci-Bezdan (river border crossing with Republic of Croatia)
Mali Zvornik-Sremska Raca (border crossing with Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Horgos (border crossing with the Republic of Hungary)
Vatin (border crossing with Romania)
Veliko Gradiste (river border crossing with Romania)
Dimitrovgrad (border crossing with the Republic of Bulgaria)
Presevo (border crossing with the Republic of Macedonia)
Gostun (border crossing with the Republic of Montenegro)
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Serbia. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens from EU Member States, rabies-controlled countries or Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Vatican who are either:
-under 12 weeks of age and not vaccinated for
-over 12 weeks of age, vaccinated for rabies but cannot meet the 21 day wait requirement
- are permitted to enter Serbia with a signed statement that your puppy or kitten remained at the same location since birth, and was not in contact with wild animals which could have been exposed to infection from birth or it is accompanied by its mother with proof of rabies vaccination according to regulations prior to giving birth. Your puppy, kitten or ferret must be microchipped and accompanied by an EU Pet Passport or health certificate.
- are permitted to enter Serbia from a country considered by the OIE to be rabies-free with a health certificate.
Puppies and kittens over 12 weeks of age must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies and wait for 21 days before travel.
Serbia does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Exporting Pets Living in Serbia
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Serbia must be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies (in that order). All required documentation for the destination country must be available.
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 Serbia. 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 (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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