Pet Import Regulations in The Netherlands



Incoming passengers to the Netherlands 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.

Many people in the Netherlands have pets, but you should consider your housing options before bringing a pet to The Netherlands.

EU Regulations

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 legislations such as:

  • The European Union Pet Passport (EU Pet Passport) allows qualified domestic animals like dogs, cats, and even ferrets to cross the borders freely in Europe
  • 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, Ireland, 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 the Netherlands. 

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