Pet animals

EU Regulation 576/2013 and EU Implementing Regulation 577/2013 lays down the import conditions which pets must comply with when being moved between EU Member States and into the European Union from non-EU countries. The conditions are directly applicable in all EU Member States and have the objective of protecting public and animal health from the risk of rabies.

According to EU Regulation pet animals means an animal accompanying its owner or an authorised person during non-commercial movement, and which remains for the duration of such non-commercial movement under the responsibility of the owner or the authorised person. Pet animals are following species:

  • dogs (Canis lupus familiaris);
  • cats (Felis silvestris katus);
  • ferrets (Mustela putorius furo);
  • invertebrates (except bees and bumble bees, molluscs and crustaceans);
  • ornamental aquatic animals;
  • amphibia;
  • reptiles;
  • specimens of avian species, except poultry;
  • mammals: rodents and rabbits.

Poultry is defined as fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons (not racing pigeons) and partridges. These species are not permitted to be imported as pet birds but must instead meet the requirements for imports of live poultry.
 

1. Travelling within EU


When you travelling within EU your dog, cat or ferret needs to meet the entry requirements. These include:

  • a transponder – pet must be microchipped before it’s vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination won’t count for travel if your pet isn’t microchipped first or
  • a tattoo – pet been tattooed with an identification number and all of the following are true:
           - your pet was tattooed on or before 3 July 2011;
           - the tattoo is clearly legible;
           - pet was vaccinated against rabies after it was tattooed.
  • a valid rabies vaccination:
            - you must wait 21 days after the vaccination (or the last of the primary course of vaccinations) before your pet can enter EU,
              day of vaccination counts as day 0 not day 1;
            - you must get regular booster vaccinations for your pet before they’re due. If you miss the booster, your pet will need to be
              vaccinated again and you’ll have to wait 21 days before entering the EU;
            - Check that your vet has recorded the vaccination in your pet’s passport.
  • a pet passport (2.81 MB, PDF) with following information:
            - details of ownership;
            - your pet’s date of birth;
            - transponder or tattoo number, date it was put in or read and where it is on your pet’s body;
            - vaccination date;
            - vaccine product name;
            - vaccine batch number;
            - date the vaccination is valid until.

If your destination country is UK, Malta, Ireland, Finland or Sweden, vet must treat your dog for tapeworm every time you want to enter those countries. You don’t need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly between those countries.

The treatment must have been given within 1 and 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before you’re scheduled to enter those countries. Your vet must record the following details in the ‘Echinococcus treatment’ section of your dog’s pet passport or certificate:

  • the name and manufacturer of the product used to treat your dog
  • the date and time they treated your dog
  • their stamp and signature

EU pet travel scheme also applies to following territories: Greenland, Faroe Islands, Canary Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Gibraltar, Azores, Madeira, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican.

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 third countries
 

2.1. General requirements


You can’t travel with more than 5 pets unless:

  • You are travelling from Andorra, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican or
  • you’re attending a competition, show, sporting event or training for one. You’ll need written evidence of registration for this event when you travel and
  • pets must all be aged over six months.

There are different rules if the animals are being sold or re-homed or if you’re travelling with more than 5 of your own pets for any other reason. Pets must comply with the rules governing the commercial trade and import regime. Please consult with Estonian Veterinary and Food Board.

If you are not able to accompany your pet (for example if your pet is travelling on a different flight) then your pet’s movement must be within 5 days of either your movement or the movement of a person you have authorized in writing to be responsible for your pet.
 

2.2. 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.
 

2.3. Entering EU from other third countries


To enter EU from other third countries, than listed in subsection 2.2, dog, cat or ferret needs to meet same entry requirements as listed in subsection 2.2. 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.
 

2.4. 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.
 

2.5. 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.

More information you may get also from website of Estonian Veterinary and Food Board, by e-mail vet@agri.ee, phone +372 605 1710 of fax +372 621 144.

29.03.2018