Pet Import Regulations in Germany



Bringing a pet is allowed in Germany as long as the owner adheres to the local import rules and procedures. Aside from the relevant paperwork, it is also important that the animal maintains good health and behaviour once they are already living in the country. 

Relocating Pets

Before deciding to bring a pet to Germany, an expat must consider first their house or apartment. For example, large animals are not advised to live in studio type units where space is too limited. If renting, the tenant must also need to get approval from his/her landlord since some owners forbid pets in their property. 

It is also best to plan ahead by checking with the airline about their pet import regulations. Some allow small pets or those under 10 pounds to travel with their owner in the passenger cabin as long as they are kept under the seat in an approved carrier. There are also several airlines that have in-cabin restrictions whereas large dogs should travel as ‘live cargo’ in a kennel that is pre-approved by the airline. 

EU Pet Import Regulations

Under the EU Pet travel scheme, dogs, cats and ferrets coming from the European Union countries can enter Germany without being quarantined given that they have been: 

  • Vaccinated against rabies
  • Passed the rabies vaccination blood test
  • Issued with an updated Official Pet Passport or Pet Travel Scheme Certificate
  • Fitted with a microchip as a form of identification 

Expats who are planning to import domestic animals from non-EU states should ensure that their pet has a microchip and receive rabies vaccination at least 21 days before its entry in Germany. Another important import document that an owner must present is the Rabies Vaccination Certificate along with the Annex IV-Form for Germany completed and issued by a licensed veterinarian within 48 hours of its entry. 

All dogs, cats and ferrets entering Germany must be free from any symptoms or manifestations of communicable disease when examined by a quarantine officer at the port of entry. Also, there should be no visible wounds on the animal upon its arrival or else, further examination by a local veterinarian will be required at the owner’s expense.



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