Relocating Pets to Germany
While the German people may have a reputation for being severe and serious, they love their pets just as much. Germany is a fabulously pet-friendly country, and you will find that a vast majority of families have one or more dearly loved non-human member.
Pets have a good life in Germany. They turn up for business meetings. Dishes of water often appear at even the most expensive restaurants and small areas are sometimes available for them in shops. Dogs are also allowed on public transportation, including buses, trams, and underground/ suburban trains, provided they are muzzled and leashed. However, the country is also very stringent about its pet laws.
- Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip prior to travel.
- All pets must have a rabies vaccination administered after microchipping to enter Germany.
- If entering from a high-risk country, a rabies titer test is to be administered 30 days after the rabies vaccination, If test results are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Sweden 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the commercial EU health certificate for Germany within 5 days of travel and the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
- The minimum age for kittens or puppies to be imported is 7 months.
- Pets can enter Germany through the Border Inspection Posts at airports in Berlin, Munich, Shoenfeld, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hannover, Koln, Hahn, and Leipzig-Halle.
- Germany bans the import or transit of Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier breeds and their crosses. In case of a required exception, documentation must be submitted with an application.
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