Hungary Pet Passport & Import Regulations
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.
For owners of pets entering or returning to the European Union (EU) from the United Kingdom (UK): as of October 31, 2019, 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.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Hungary 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.
If your pet is entering Hungary 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.
Hungary 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 your pet has entered Hungary, 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.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Hungary 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 Hungary no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Hungary from a high-rabies country.
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
A tapeworm treatment is not required when entering Hungary from any country.
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 Hungary from a country outside of the EU:
All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Hungary commercially from EU countries, rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets from other countries may only enter Hungary with or within 5 days of their owners or their owner's representative. In this case, non-commercial regulations will apply.
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Hungary 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 Hungary 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 Hungary 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 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.
Non-Commercial Transport to Hungary 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 Austria 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 Hungary 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 Hungary 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 from the originating country must complete the the bi-lingual version of the commercial EU health certificate 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. If your pet is traveling from another country, then the government agency responsible for the import and export of live animals must endorse the forms.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airport in Budapest. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to Hungary from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Hungary 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 Hungary from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
If your pet is traveling to Hungary 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.
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 #5)
Entering Hungary by Air
Pets entering by air from non-EU countries must do so at the Border Inspection Post at the international airport in Budapest, Debrecen and Sarmellek.
Pets should enter Hungary 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 Hungary. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Pets can enter Hungary in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo.
Puppies and Kittens
Non-vaccinated puppies, kittens and ferrets are not permitted to enter Hungary from any country or EU Member State. 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 rabies-free countries or rabies-controlled countries. The minimum age for entering Hungary from high-rabies countries is 7 months of age.
Hungary does not ban any breed of dog and will only deem them dangerous based on their behavior once imported to the country.
Exporting Pets Living in Hungary
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Hungary for another EU Member State must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving Hungary. 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 at least 3 months before you leave Hungary. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
Minks, squirrels, painted turtles and red-eared sliders are not permitted entry to Hungary.
Other pets such as invertebrates, tropical fish (with some exceptions), reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but will need to have a health certificate to enter Hungary.
Birds may enter Hungary from other EU Member States or rabies-controlled countries if they have been in isolation for 30 days prior to export OR are quarantined for 30 days after importing to the EU OR have been tested against Avian Influenza according to appropriate guidelines.
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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