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Trade and travel with live animals within the EU and with third countries: Official veterinary inspection/health certificate
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
When moving from EU countries and importing live animals from non-EU countries into the European Union (EU), the animals must be accompanied by a health certificate. This health certificate confirms compliance with the health requirements for the movement/import by an official veterinarian.
Animals that do not meet the health requirements may not be imported. Live animals must always be imported via a border inspection post.
Relaxed regulations apply when traveling with pets within the EU. As a general rule, dogs, cats and ferrets must be identified and have an EU pet passport issued by the family veterinarian, in which the rabies vaccination in particular is confirmed. There are additional requirements for certain member states such as Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Malta.
It is also not possible to bring dogs and cats from non-EU countries (pet import) without further ado. In these cases, please contact your vet or the relevant veterinary office in good time.
When traveling with animals to non-EU countries, the regulations of these countries apply.
Anyone who brings dogs or cats from other EU countries or imports them into the EU from third countries in order to sell them must comply with more extensive regulations. These can be obtained from the competent veterinary authority or the border inspection post through which the animals are to be imported.
Who should I contact?
To the districts or independent cities (veterinary offices, official veterinarians).
Which documents are required?
Identification papers of the animals, for example:
- Pet passport,
- Equine passport (identity document for horses)
- cattle passport
- trade documents
- Transport certificates.
What are the fees?
Veterinary fees are charged for necessary official veterinary certificates and on-site veterinary inspections. Further information can be obtained from the competent veterinary offices of the districts and independent cities.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Puppies without adequate rabies protection may not be brought to Germany from other member states or imported from third countries.
The animals must therefore always be at least 15 weeks old at the time of trade or travel.
When traveling with pets from some third countries, an anti-rabies antibody test result must be available 3 months prior to import.
- European Council Regulation (EU) No. 576/2013 of June 12, 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 of 28 June 2013 on the model identification documents for the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets, establishing the lists of territories and third countries and laying down the format, layout and language requirements for the declarations certifying compliance with certain conditions in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council
- Regulation on the intra-Community movement, import and transit of animals and goods (Single Market Animal Health Regulation - BmTierSSchV).
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.