Rodents, reptiles, amphibians,invertebrates and ornamental aquatic animals including fish

This page describes imports that are not related to owner travel. If you are traveling with your pet, please check the "non-commercial movement" subpage

Note! Check also the general import conditions



A veterinary border check must be carried out when the consignment enters the EU

NOTE! Under the current Commission Safeguard Decision 2003/459 / EC, the import of rodents from sub-Saharan countries into the EU is prohibited. Reson: Monkey pox virus

Amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates

(Except for bees and bumble bees Apis Mellifera and Bombus spp. and fish of the order Agnatha and of the classes Chondrichytes and Osteichtyes and crustaceans of the subheading Crustacea)

Imports of turtles, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates do not require an import permit from the Finnish Food Authority and there are no health certificate requirements. A veterinary border check must be carried out when the consignment enters the EU.

Only a commercial or other equivalent document showing the animal's identity is required. The document shall include information on:

  • country of origin
  • sender and recipient information
  • the scientific name of the species
  • customs code
  • intended use
  • method of packaging.

Amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates arriving as personal pets do not need a health certificate or veterinary border inspection. However, upon arrival to EU, the pet must be presented to the authority for inspection; in Finland, the inspection of pets is carried out by Customs.


NOTE! According to the current Commission Safeguard Decision 2018/320 (amendment 2019/1998), the import of salamanders from non-EU countries into the EU is prohibited. Reason: Bsal

However, import shall be allowed under the following conditions:

imports take place from an approved country of origin,

the import consignment is accompanied by an animal health certificate, the animals have undergone a clinical examination prior to import and the animals are isolated from other salamanders prior to import.

In addition, imports of salamanders may be accepted only to holdings that meet the conditions listed in the end of the Annex, where salamanders must be held quarantined for at least 6 weeks.

The 6-week quarantine only applies to animals that are only tested for Bsal disease, in which case there must be at least 62 animals in order to obtain a representative number of samples.

During quarantine, salamanders must be tested for Bsal infection with negative results or treated for Bsal infection in accordance with the safeguard decision.

If there are fewer animals than this


if the operator prefers to treat the animals (regardless of their number), the animals may be granted a written exemption from quarantine immediately after the end of the treatment (10-12 days depending on the method chosen). The operator or importer shall bear all costs of quarantine, testing and treatment.

Model salamander health certificate and import conditions


Page last updated 8/16/2022