Rules for transporting animals: how to take out a cat/dog abroad during the war?

Thu, 17 Mar / 01:34

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Rules for transporting animals: how to take out a cat/dog abroad during the war?

Rules for transporting animals: how to take out a cat/dog abroad during the war?

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Many Ukrainians with their pets are currently seeking refuge in Europe. The Director of the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service, Mantas Stashkevičius, said: “We cannot be indifferent to people escaping from such a terrible situation. Many Ukrainians go away with their pets, and we must help them find safe place to stay". 

We interviewed those of our compatriots who have already managed to settle with their pets in different European countries, asked for clarification from the relevant Governments, customs and veterinary services of the friendly countries and we will be happy to share this information with you.


GENERAL RULES 

Border officers allow pets to enter even without any documents - the European Commission on refugees has approved this permission. Also the rules about travelling with pets to the EU countries which have common boarders with Ukraine is available on the website of Ukrainian State Food and Consumer Service. Please, refer to the link


It states, in particular, that the veterinary passport is not a strict requirements, but is a plus. To sum up, if you have all the documents, it is fine; if not, you should fill in the forms to comfirm you will undertake all the necessary procedures in order to register your pet at the place of settlement in the EU or Moldova. 


This applies to cats, dogs and ferrets. Owners of rodents, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, ornamental species can not worry. If you have chosen to transit to other EU countries after crossing the border and you know that it might be a problem with registration of your pets, Poles have created a convenient guide (although in Polish) containing the contact details in each EU country, i.e. e-mail addresses for enquirues as well as dedicated websites of relevant authorities (subject to availability in the country), where you can find application forms / declarations, rules and other useful information. 


POLAND 

According to the country's laws, the cats, dogs and ferrets must have a microchip, confirmation of rabies vaccination / current serological antibody test for rabies, a valid European pet passport / health certificate to enter Poland. If any of these requirements are not met and depending on the fact whether you know where you will be stay in Poland (you should provide the reserved hotel, relatives' or friends' place address) or not, the procedure will differ: 


1. You know the address, then you fill in a declaration (you can find the procedure rules and sample of the applications here). Your details will be automatically transferred to the county / district veterinarian, who will install the microchip, vaccinate your pet against rabies and conduct all necessary testing. He will draw up all the documents for you. It is still unknown if this is free of charge or not;


2. If you do not know the address of your stay (in case either you will apply to the Refugee Assistance Centers for resettlement or look for accommodation on the spot). You still should fill in the declaration, your pet will receive the microchip and be vaccinated on the spot. The documents will be isdued free of charge. If your pet is not older than 8 months, you only need to fill in the application form. 


All the other species of the domestic animals except cats, dogs and ferrets are not subject of the registration. Further the information will apply to these three species (cats, dogs and ferrets) only. 


SLOVAKIA 

All the pets are allowed to enter, regardless of the availability of documents. You should fill the questionnaire

All the relevant rules can be found at (paragraph 10). 


HUNGARY 

Borders for pets are open. If the pets do not have vaccination and/or microchips, the Hungarian authorites guarantee to do this right at the border for free. You can download the form to be filled at.


ROMANIA 

Pets are allowed without passports, microchips and vaccinations. You need to fill the form. Current rules and links to the electronic form can be found here


MOLDOVA 

You are allowed to bring your pets without documents, no form needs to be filled. Then, when you find a shelter, you should visit the local vet and settle all issues out. 


CZECH REPUBLIC 

If your pet does not have vaccination / rabies test - it will be put on a 10-day quarantine at the place of residence. No later than within three days upon arrival you will need to make an appointment with the lical vet for an examination and put the microchip. The vaccination should be fone on the 5-10th day upon arrival. All the information and the necessary form can be found at

Veterinary service website link is https://www.svscr.cz . 


GERMANY 

It is not necessary to submit a preliminary application (as before) to receive the entry permit. You can bring your pet without restrictions. Immediately upon arrival, contact the local veterinary authority to undertake the checkup and then, if necessary, they will do all the necessary steps including issuing  a vet passport and microchipping. All the detals are here


LITHUANIA 

If all the documents of your pet are valid, you just cross the border and settle down. If, according to the EU laws, you lack some papers, you should follow the instructions detailed here and attach a letter with information about yourself and your pet. The territorial department of the State Penitentiary Service staff will contact you and will make the appointment for vaccination, microchipping etc. If your pet was vaccinated less than 21 days before entering the country, it will be put on quarantine for this period. 


LATVIA 

No restrictions to bring the peys. Please, visit the following link for details

Accordng to the official information all the formalities can be done upon crossing the border. Email address foe enquires: [email protected]


ESTONIA 

No entry restrictions. If the pet does not meet with the general rules of entry to the EU, you must fill the form (you can download it here and send it to one of the e-mail addresses below: 

[email protected], [email protected] або [email protected]

DSPH staff consider the form and decide whether your pet needs quarantine or not and conducts all necessary procedures for registration. 


ITALY 

Entry with pets without restrictions. You can settle all issues upon you cross the border. E-mail address for enquiries [email protected]


BELGIUM 

FASFC allows you to enter the country without prior permission. Pets susceptible to rabies should be quarantined and you have to notify about this fact by e-mail [email protected] 

Registration according to the established rules will be carried out at the place of accommodation.

Please, visit the website for the details. 


DENMARK 

Please, fill the application form here, then send it along with the copies of all documents you have on [email protected]​ . 

If your pet does not have vaccination, you should keep it isolated until the Danish Veterinary Service does all necessary procedures. Sources with all the details. 


NETHERLANDS 

Please inform NVWA in advance, if possible, at [email protected] if you arrive by plane, and at [email protected] if you take another means of transport. Please, provide with the folliwing details: date of birth, date of microchipping and microchip number, date of vaccination, place and method of detention in Ukraine. Once you are settled, contact your local vet who will implant the chip, vaccinate and issue a vey passport if necessary. Usually, in the Netherlands the pet undergo the complex additional vaccinations against leptospirosis and deworming. All relevant information, including contacts, can be found at.


FINLAND 

Information about tge rules for keeping animals, quarantine (30 days), etc are here

You can find contacts at

You do not need to apply in advance to obtain an entry permit. If you do not have the whole package of necessary documents for your pet, the staff at the Finnish customs will instruct what to do next. They even give an echinococcal pill immediately. In particular, within three days upon arrival you will need to contact the veterinarian at the place of accommidation. They will do microchipping and vaccinations. 


IRELAND 

Information about the rules is available at

Even if the pet does not meet the entry requirements, you can enter with it. You only need to notify the port of arrival in advance using the contacts below: 


Dublin airport 

[email protected] 

(+353 (0) 87 417 8986), 

The port of Dublin [email protected]

Shannon airport 

[email protected]

Cork airport

[email protected]

The port of Ringaskiddy , Cork  [email protected] ,

Rosler Europort 

[email protected]

You will receive instructions upon arrival.


NORWAY 

While crossing the border, you will go ghrough the veterinary control. If possible, notify the Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance in advance at this email address: [email protected]

Information about the rules can be found at

If your pet travels without proper documents, it must stay at the quarantine station for 30 days where it will be vaccinated and then for another 3 months. There is also a requirement to be treated for cestode tapeworms - this should be done by a local veterinarian upon arrival. The local vet will install the microchip if your pet does not have it. Quarantine, tests and other services are free of charge. 


PORTUGAL 

DGAV service can be contacted at [email protected] , official vets contact emails are [email protected], [email protected] 

You need to send a letter at these emails before arriving in Portugal and provide your pets details. The staff at the entry points have all the instructions for Ukrainian refugees with pets. They will advise you what to do next. 


SLOVENA 

You need just fill the applcation and send it at [email protected]

Except the pets details the application should contain your accommodation details. The regional branch of the control service will receive this information. After settling in, you should contact this authority. Their contact details can be found at

If your pet does not have the relevant documents, it will be put on quarantine until all the necessary registration procedures are taken. 


SWITZERLAND 

Application form can be found at https://www.wetgiw.gov.pl/download/Form Pets Ukraine Switzerland,4551.docx .

It should be sent at [email protected] 

The veterinary control will evaluate whether the pet needs quarantine and will take all measures to bring its documents and condition in line with relevant EU standards. 


No information has been found yet about Spain. However as all the EU rules apply to this country in full, it can be said that you will be welcomed with a pet there as well.

Enquiries can be sent at [email protected]


The same situation applues to the following EU members. Please, use the given contacts for enquires. 


AUSTRIA  [email protected]

BULGARIA

[email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected]

CROATIA 

[email protected]

CYPRUS 

[email protected] (airport), [email protected] (vet control), 

FRANCE 

[email protected]

GREECE

[email protected]

LUXEMBOURG

[email protected]

MALTA  

[email protected]

tel. +356 21650393, 

SWEDEN

[email protected] , [email protected]

Basically, you need to email or call the contacts, providing with your details and information about the pet, the date of arrival to the country. You should mention the main points: rabies vaccination or antibody test, microchipping, EU passport if your pet has ones. And then you should follow the instructions of customs officers. 


As for the GREAT BRITAIN, there is no news about the easing of conditions for Ukrainians to bring their pets yet. Perhaps due to the very small number of refugees going to this country, perhaps they are just preparing the appropriate grounds. After all, the UK is no longer in the European Union and the rules of the European Commission regarding this situation do not apply to them. Just in case, here is the website of their service, which is in charge of the pets admission:

https://www.gov.uk/bring-pet-to-great-britain  .