Pet animals

‘Pet animal’ for the purposes of the below mentioned Regulations means an animal accompanying its owner or an authorised person in the name of the owner during non-commercial movement, and which is not meant for sale or taking to another owner.

Procedures for travelling with pet animals are governed by EU Regulation No 576/2013 and EU Implementing Regulation No 577/2013.

The non-commercial movement of the pet animal may take place up to five days earlier or later than the physical movement of the owner, if the movement of the animal is conditioned by the movement of the owner or related to it. In this case the owner or the authorised person shall submit written evidence certifying the movement of the owner (for example, airline or sailing tickets).

The species of the pet animals to whom the simplification of travelling has been established are the following:

  • dogs (Canis lupus familiaris);
  • cats (Felis silvestris katus);
  • ferrets (Mustela putorius furo);
  • invertebrates (except bees, bumble bees and crustaceans, e.g. shellfish and shrimps);
  • ornamental aquatic animals;
  • amphibians (e.g. frogs and newts);
  • reptiles (e.g. snakes, lizards, turtles, monitor lizards, chameleons);
  • rodents and rabbits;

  • some species of birds.

The movement of a majority of poultry (fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges, ostriches) and mammals (e.g. monkeys, minipigs) accompanying a traveller as pet animals is not allowed and such animals and birds are subject to the veterinary checks on the importation.

A traveler arriving from a non-EU country to Estonia may be accompanied by up to 5 pets (inclusive) for non-commercial purposes. In this case, the Estonian Tax and Customs Board is the supervisory authority at the border and entry with the pets is allowed through all border crossing points opened for international traffic.

If a passenger is accompanied by more than 5 pets or the pets are objects of a sales transaction, they are subjected to veterinary inspection at the border: the animals must undergo a veterinary check in a recognized border crossing point, which is the Luhamaa border crossing point, and receive a document certifying that the check was carried out. The agency performing surveillance at the border is the Veterinary and Food Board.

Pets are not subject to veterinary checks and are subject to pet travel simplifications if the following requirements are met:

  • Pets from Andorra, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican (the animals are subject to the same requirements as movements between Member States); or
  • the purpose of the non-commercial movement of pets is to participate in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or to train for such events; and
  • the owner or authorized person submits a written certificate proving that the animals have been registered for participation in the abovementioned events; and
  • pets must all be aged over six months.

If a pet was bought from a non-EU country, the pet is treated as a commodity and is subject to the rules of movement of goods: declaration and payment of taxes.
 

1. Entering EU from certain third countries


The following section applies when travelling with pets from the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Bermuda, the BES Islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Fiji, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russia, Sint Maarten, Singapore, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA (as well as American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

To enter EU from certain third countries dog, cat or ferret needs to meet the entry requirements as listed in section 1. Instead of pet passport third country official veterinary certificate (47.25 KB, DOCX) must be presented.

Certificate should be accompanied by declaration confirming that your movement is non-commercial (18.59 KB, DOCX).

After transit through third country other than listed above the owner or authorised person provides a signed transit declaration (17.21 KB, DOCX).

There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to EU countries. Contact the customs authority of country of destination for more information on the rules for travelling with these or other species of pet.
 

2. Entering EU from other third countries


To enter EU from other third countries, than listed in section 1, a dog, cat or ferret needs to meet same entry requirements as listed in section 1. In addition following rules must be followed:

  • your pet must have a blood test 30 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of the vaccination counts as day 0, not day 1);
  • your vet must send the blood sample to an EU approved blood testing laboratory;
  • you must wait 3 calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before you travel;
  • the results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful;
  • your vet must give you a copy of the test results;
  • the date the blood sample was taken is recorded by the vet in the official third country veterinary health certificate and certificate signed by vet to show that the pet passed the blood test.

You must arrive in an EU country within 10 days of the certificate being issued.

There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to EU countries. Contact the customs authority of country of destination for more information on the rules for travelling with these or other species of pet.
 

3. Entering Estonia with young pet animals


To enter Estonia from certain third countries with puppies, kitties or baby ferrets young pet animals needs to meet the entry requirements as listed in subsection 2.2. In addition one of the following requirements should be met:

  • unvaccinated pet animals are younger than 12 weeks or
  • vaccinated pet animals are 12–16 weeks old, but anti-rabies vaccine is not valid yet (21 day rule).

Unvaccinated young pet animals are only allowed to enter Estonia, export from Estonia is prohibited. Contact the customs authority of country of destination for more information on the rules for travelling with young pets.

If young pet animals are accompanied by their mother, on whom they still depend, from the identification document accompanying their mother it should be established that, before their birth, the mother received an anti-rabies vaccination which complied with the validity requirements.

If young pet animals are transported without mother, the certificate should be accompanied by the declaration for non-commercial movement of less than 3 months old pet animals and pet animals not vaccinated against rabies (17.06 KB, DOCX) signed either by the owner or by the authorised person that from birth until the time of the non-commercial movement the pet animals have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies.
 

4. Entering Estonia with pet birds


To enter Estonia from third countries pet birds needs to meet following entry requirements:

  • third country official veterinary certificate (46.9 KB, DOCX) must be presented and
  • pet birds were quarantined for at least 30 days in an approved quarantine facility or centre before leaving country of dispatch or after entering country of destination or
  • pet birds were vaccinated against avian influenza (bird flu) of the H5 and H7 subtypes within last 6 months but at least 60 days before entering Estonia and got booster vaccinations at least once or
  • pet birds were isolated for 10 days before leaving country of dispatch and within isolation period, but not earlier than on the 3rd day, have undergone a test to detect the avian influenza H5 and H7 antigen or genome;
  • are moved to a household or another residence within the European Union and they must not be permitted to enter shows, fairs, exhibitions or other gatherings of birds during the period of 30 days following their entry into the European Union, with the exception of movements to an approved facility for quarantine following their importation into the European Union.

All analyses and vaccinations must by recorded by vet in the certificate. The certificate (46.9 KB, DOCX) should be accompanied by declaration (25.03 KB, DOCX) signed either by the owner or by the authorised person.

Entering Estonia with pet birds is allowed through following BCPs:

  • Koidula;
  • Narva;
  • Luhamaa;
  • Saatse;
  • Tallinn airport.

Before starting the journey with pet animals it is recommended to contact the customs authority of country of destination for more information on the rules for travelling with pet animals or birds.

29.03.2018