Bulgaria Pet Passport & Import Regulations
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 Bulgaria 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 for your pet as long as the following regulations are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Bulgaria 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.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter Bulgaria.
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 Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria.
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.
Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria, 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 Bulgaria 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).
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Bulgaria from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting a minimum 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 within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Bulgaria no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Bulgaria from a high-rabies country (click here).
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 Traansport to Bulgaria from a country outside of the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria. Endorsement by a government veterinarian must occur within 10 days of arrival.
If your pet is traveling from the United States, the veterinarian must be accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the health certificate must be endorsed by a 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.
If your pet is traveling from Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.
If your pet is traveling to Bulgaria from any another country, 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 step 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.
Your pet can enter Bulgaria at the following airports: Sofia and Kalotina. Pets can also enter Bulgaria by Kapitan Andreevo from Turkey.
Non-Commercial Transport to Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply. Step 3 does not apply.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Bulgaria. The certificate must be issued and endorsed within 48 hours of travel.
If your pet is traveling from the United States, the certificate must be endorsed by the local USDA office unless the certificate is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.
If your pet is traveling from Canada, the form must be endorsed by the local CFIA office.
If traveling to Bulgaria 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 for transports of more than 5 pets.) The form 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 Sofia. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to Bulgaria from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 will apply.
If your pet is traveling to Bulgaria 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.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
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 #4)
Entering Bulgaria from Malaysia & Australia
If your pet is entering Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria 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.
Pets entering Bulgaria by air from non-EU countries must do so at an approved Border Inspection Posts in Sofia. Pets may also enter Bulgaria by road from Serbia at the Katolina Border Inspection Post and from Turkey at the Kapitan 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 Bulgaria. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Pets should enter Bulgaria 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.
Pets may arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under the age of 12 weeks may enter Bulgaria from another EU Member State under the following conditions:
- There have been no cases of rabies registered in the last six months where the puppy or kitten was born.
- 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 an non-commercial EU health certificate (when entering from a rabies-controlled country).
- The country where the puppy or kitten was born is an EU Member State, rabies-free or rabies-controlled country.
Puppies and kittens older than 12 weeks are subject to the regulations in steps 1 and 2 above.
Exporting Pets Living in Bulgaria
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Bulgaria for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Bulgaria. 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 before you leave Bulgaria if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
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 Bulgaria. 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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