New EU rules on pets import

The European Union has excluded Russia and Belarus from the list of countries effectively implementing rabies control measures.

Therefore, in addition to the existing rules, for the non-commercial transport of dogs, cats, and ferrets, it will be necessary that:

1. The animal has a European veterinary certificate in accordance with Article 26 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 576/2013;
2. The animals being imported into the EU have undergone a serological test for rabies antibodies.

The test must be done:

·       30 days after the rabies vaccination at earliest and no later than after a year;

·       No later than 3 months before the date of entry into the EU country and issuance of the veterinary certificate;

·       By a clinic accredited by a European country;

·       The test results must be entered in the animal's veterinary passport.

Dogs, cats, and ferrets should also have all the standard vaccinations, including rabies vaccination and a microchipping.
For more detailed information, you can always contact us at We will be happy to advise you on the transportation of your pet.

*Commission Regulation (EU) 2024/1130 comes into force on September 16, 2024. Until that date, rabies antibody testing is not required for the transport of cats, dogs, and ferrets.

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