Pet Import Regulations in Bulgaria



There are three major aspects of pet import preparations in Bulgaria – vaccinations, documentation and identification.

Required vaccinations for dogs include Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Leptospirosis, (DHLPP) and Rabies, all of which must be given 4-12 weeks prior to the pet's arrival. For cats, necessary vaccines include Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia, Calicivirus and Rabies also to be given within 4-12 weeks prior to the pet's arrival.

Documentation will include an EU Vet Health Certificate which is valid for four months and must be issued by a veterinarian who is accredited by the government in the pet's country of origin. The pet's microchip implantation record should also be submitted, along with a rabies certificate, the EU Vet Health Certificate, a letter from the veterinarian, an International Health Certificate which must be issued by the veterinarian at least ten days before the pet's departure and a note from the importer's employer as proof of relocation.

Identification will come in the form of a microchip which complies with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785 or the pet must come with its own scanner attached the top of its crate. The microchip is the only form of pet identification that is honored by the government.

As long as all regulations are complied with, expats should have no issues bringing pets to Bulgaria.


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