Pet Import Regulations in Brussels




Many people in Belgium have pets, but you have to consider the place where you will live in before deciding on bringing your pet. If you are going to move in a high-rise apartment, then it is not advisable for you to have a large pet. You can take up to five pets with you in Belgium.

The EU regulations known as the EU Pet Passport have been in force since October 2004 and currently cover the movement of dogs, cats and ferrets only. Other animals are subject to national legislation.

• The European Union Pet Passport (EU Pet Passport) allows for qualifying domestic animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) to cross freely in European borders

• The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) provides for qualifying domestic pets to travel to and from the UK and Ireland without undergoing quarantine

Some countries (Sweden, UK, Eire and Malta) impose additional conditions over and above those laid down by the EU before they allow animals into their country. Note that you need to be aware of these regulations if you intend to travel within the EU or if your animal will cross into these countries en route to Belgium.

Incoming passengers to Belgium can import pets such as dogs, birds, cats, etc. You are required to show the animal’s health certificates from their country of origin, along with an import permit (obtainable from your relocation agency).

The customs quarantine officer will also examine your pet. You should make travel arrangements for a weekday arrival to ensure that custom facilities are open. A weekend or Friday arrival may mean that your pet has to wait over the weekend to be cleared by customs without care or food.

It is recommended to take your pet on the same flight with you as accompanying baggage. Very few airlines permit small pets in the aeroplane cabin, but most have a suitable space in the cargo area for pets. You should provide your pet carrier as the airline may not provide a sufficient one. You should check with your airline to find out their rules and regulations regarding pets.

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