Russia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Russia as long as the following requirements are met. Your pet must originate from an area that has been free of rabies for at least 6 months. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 8.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Russia is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip. Your pet's microchip number must be reflected on all documentation.
Your pet must have proof of current vaccination against rabies no sooner than 21 days and no more than 12 months prior to entering Russia.
Dogs should also be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Viral Enteritis, Parvovirus, Adenovirus infections and Leptospiros.
Cats should also be vaccinated against panleukemia. Cats must also bechecked for dermatophytoses and, if lesions are found, must undergo tests for dermatophytoses with samples processed at an approved laboratory. Cats with this condition should not be imported to Russia.
An import permit is not required when entering Russia with up to 5 personally-owned dogs or cats. If importing more than 5 dogs or cats or other fur-bearing animals, a permit is required and quarantine will be imposed.
A licensed veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Certificate for Russia within 5 days of travel indicating that the animals are clinically healthy and vaccinated against rabies.
This certificate should be endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada. Endorsement is not required when entering Russia from other countries.
Entering Russia by Air
Live animals entering Russia should do so at Domodedovo Airport or Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow or Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Russia. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Upon arrival, you will register your pet at the airport veterinary office for a fee. You can then enter the Russian Federation, and travel to the other States of the Federation with your pet.
Domestic animals are transported together with the established health certificate with the stamp of the airport veterinary service. You can discuss the conditions of transportation (cage, prices, etc.) with the airline representative when purchasing tickets.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens who are under the age of 3 months are granted an exception when leaving Russia as they should not be vaccinated for rabies until they turn 3 months. However, they should be microchipped and travel with a health certificate. Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Russia.
Your veterinarian in Russia will issue a Form 1 no sooner than 15 days prior to travel. Authorities at the border inspection post or airport will exchange this form for a Form 5(a) - International Veterinary Health Certificate. When traveling to the EU, an EU health certificate must also be provided. All documentation required by the importing country must be provided.
Rabbits entering Russia must originate from an area that is free from the following diseases for 12 months prior to import: rabbit viral hemorrhagic disease, tularemia, pasteurellosis (Pasteurella multocida, Mannheimia gaemolitica). Rabbits must be vaccinated against against myxomatosis, pastereullosis and viral hemorrhagic disease. 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 Russia.
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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