Importing Pets to Germany
Attention: The information provided is a general guideline and may not reflect the current requirements. Before traveling to Germany, please contact the appropriate authorities.
Necessary Rules and Requirements for Pet Shipping Germany
1) Microchip: All pets must have a microchip implanted for identification prior to the administration of the rabies vaccine. In Germany, the identification microchip must comply with the Annex A, ISO Standard 11785, AVID 9 or AVID 10.
2) Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 says prior to the final health exam. A Rabies Vaccination Certificate is required as proof of vaccination and must be signed by the vet who administered the vaccine.
3) It is advisable that all pets are fully vaccinated no less than two weeks before export for maximum effectiveness; for example:
a) Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordatella.
b) Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
4) EU Health Certificate: A standard EU Health Certificate will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist to be filled out and signed by your accredited veterinarian in a different colour than the certificated printing, which primarily uses blue ink. The EU Certificate is valid for 10 days from time of issue by your veterinarian until your border check at an EU entry point in Germany. After entry through Germany, this certificate will allow for further movement within the EU for a total of 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccine, whichever is first in time.
5) In addition, USDA Endorsement is required for the following forms:
a) Microchip Implantation Record
b) Rabies Certificate
c) Vet Letter
d) EU Health Vet Certificate
These documents must be sent to your local USDA for a stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn about the best way to acquire the USDA stamp of approval for endorsement.
6) International Health Certificate: This Certificate must be completed within 10 days of departure to Germany. Depending on the particulars of your pet relocation and specific health certificate being used (i.e. APHIS Form 7001), an additional USDA endorsement may be required on the health certificate. Although your veterinarian should be stocked with International Health Certificates, it is advisable to call ahead and confirm.
7) All the documents listed above must travel with your pet to Germany.
8) In order for your pet to successfully clear customs, the following documents must additionally be provided upon the pets arrival:
a) A copy of the pet owner’s passport
b) A signed letter of transfer from your company on letterhead
c) A copy of your residency card (if available)
d) A copy of your e-ticket or boarding pass for your flight (if available)