General terms for animals entering EU countries

  • The country of origin of the animal must be approved for import
  • The animal species must be approved for import
  • The place of origin of the animal must not be subject to restrictive provisions due to the animal disease situation.
  • the importer must comply with the safeguard measures
  • The animal must have a health certificate for import issued by the competent authority in the country of origin (the official veterinarian)
  • The importer must make a prior notification using TRACES-system
  • The importer must carry out a veterinary border inspection in the first EU country where the animal enters
  • The CHED-A (Common Common Health Entry Document for Animals) issued by the border veterinarian must follow the animal to the destination.

Please also check the page Topical

You are responsible for following the rules

Compliance with the entry rules is the responsibility of the person who imports the animals and on whose initiative the animals are transported (eg animals ordered online). If you do not follow the rules, the animal will be stopped from entering the Union and the animals will either have to be returned to the country of origin or killed at the border at your expense. Also remember that you need to find out in advance whether certain animals can be kept in Finland without a special permit (eg CITES species).

In the event of an outbreak of an animal disease, import requirements may change very rapidly. You can find more specific information about the import requirements for different products under the headings on this page. Before importing, make sure that the settings mentioned in the import requirements are up to date.

Safeguard measures are acts of the European Commission which are binding on the Member States and which may be imposed by the Commission in the light of a dangerous situation in the country of origin. Such incidents may include, for example, an outbreak in an area. Safeguard decisions restrict / prohibit the import of animals.

There is only one veterinary border inspection post at the airport in Finland and this is in connection with Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport. The border control post is not located in the passenger terminal but in the cargo terminal, and in practice the animal cannot be inspected at the border control post in accordance with the terms of the legislation if the animal arrives at the passenger terminal. In some cases, "flight volunteers" has also been found in Finland to avoid veterinary border controls, when volunteers have transported animals as their own pets, however, with the intention of passing them on without a statutory veterinary border check. This is therefore illegal and the perpetrator may be prosecuted.

Existing safeguard measures

Transit: Live animals will be fully inspected by a border veterinarian if they leave the means of transport even if they continue to travel outside the EU.

You can find the import conditions for regarding different animal species in the links on the left

Contact information at rajatarkastus@ruokavirasto.fi 

Contact info for airpot border veterinarian lentoasema@ruokavirasto.fi 

Page last updated 12/16/2020