Import of dogs, cats and ferrets

Import of animals means a situation where the travels of the animal are not connected with the travels of the owner.

Such situations are for example when 

  • the animal travels alone
  • the animals are intended for further transfer/sale in the EU
  • the number of individuals of one species is more than 5 animals
  • the time between the travels of the animal and the owner is more than 5 days
    • If you are travelling with your own pet, go to the page MOVEMENT

Import is only permitted from certain countries. If the country of origin is not found on the lists in the link below, import is not permitted.

  • The point of departure of the animal is not to be subject to restrictive rules due to the rabies situation
  • The point of departure has to have an address
  • The animal must be marked before receiving the anti-rabies vaccination (a transponder or a clearly legible tattoo done before 3.7.2011)
    • Technical requirements for transponders

The transponders have to

      1. Comply with the ISO standard 11784 and apply the HDX- or FDX-B technology; and
      2. be legible using an identifier that conforms with ISO standard 11785
  • The anti-rabies vaccination has been given at 12 weeks of age at the earliest
    • After the anti-rabies vaccination the following has to be adhered to 
      •  EITHER
      • a qualifying period of 21 days if the country of origin is listed (list below)
        • the period of validity of the vaccination starts not less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination, and any subsequent vaccination was carried out within the period of validity of the preceding vaccination

          • The animals may never be under 15 weeks of age upon entry to EU

      • OR
      • a rabies antibodies test 30 days after the vaccination. The result of the test must be 0.5 IU/ml or more. After the sample has been taken, there will be a wait of 3 months in the country of departure. The rabies antibody test is valid as long as the vaccination is valid. The sample must be analysed in a laboratory approved by the EU. The approved rabies serology laboratories are found here
        • The animals may never be under 7 months of age upon entry to EU
    • Listed third countries
  • Treatment against echinococcosis must be administered at least 1 and no more than 2 days before the movement of the dog (not required for cats and ferrets)
  • A clinical examination within 48 hours before the trip
  • The animal has to be accompanied by a health certificate in accordance with the EU model issued by an official veterinarian in the country of origin
    • The health certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue
  • The health certificate can be issued after all the requirements have been met. We recommend that you scan the health certificate for us before the animal travels. That way we can ensure that the model is correct and that the import requirements are met.
  • The original vaccination documents or certified copies
  • A veterinary border inspection in the first EU member country the animal arrives to. In conjunction with the approval, the animal will be granted a CHED document and the information remains in the TRACES system.

The veterinary border inspection posts in Europe are found at this link

In Finland, animals can only be imported via Helsinki airport or Vaalimaa road!

NOTE! Animals arriving by air can only arrive as freight! If the animal travels with an escort, it will be rejected. Rejected animals may be returned to the country of origin or euthanised according to regulation 2017/625.

Regulation (EU) 2017/625 Of The European Parliament And Of The Council

For instructions on picking up the animal from the airport, see the link below


The advance notice has to be given at least 24 hours before the import using TRACES and the border veterinarian has to be booked well in advance. For private individuals, we can do a notification in TRACES for an additional fee of 50 euros, if we are notified at least 24 hours in advance. If the Traces notification is late or insufficiently completed, a double inspection fee will be charged.

More information on the TRACES system

The cost of an inspection is 146 euros/animal. There is an additional cost of inspections outside office hours, +50% in the evenings and +100% at night after 10 pm and during weekends/public holidays

For more information on the import of animals, go to the website of the European Commission

For information on taxes and Customs procedures go to the Customs website

Also check the page topical

Model health certificate EN


National legislation

Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013


Page last updated 8/10/2022