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Pets to Bring into Germany



The rules and regulations in force exist mainly to control the movement of cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, ornamental fish, parrots and parakeets, carrier pigeons, some other bird species, and horses. Anyone with rare or unusual pets should seek advice from the German Embassy in their country of origin.

For those moving to Germany, pets are considered part of the import of personal items and as such the customs authorities allow their entry in to Germany subject to the relevant paperwork being in order. An individual may bring a limited number of animals with them (usually no more than three) strictly on the understanding that they are domestic pets and not for resale. Additional restrictions may apply to animals that are young and not yet vaccinated.

Germany has stringent restrictions on the certain breeds of dogs allowed into the country. These decisions are made on a state-by-state basis and many are classified as "potentially dangerous".

In Germany, a pet's owner is legally responsible for any injury or damage that the pet may cause, and it is advisable to obtain personal liability insurance to cover this. Dogs are prohibited from entering grocery stores and other food shops. Dogs and cats are allowed on public transport, on payment of a small fee.

Like most EU countries, Germany is a member of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter the country without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements.

In order to qualify for the scheme, the pet must:

Be fitted with a microchip;
Be vaccinated against rabies;
Be blood tested to check the effectiveness of the Rabies vaccination;
Be issued with an Official Pet Passport (or a Pet Travel Scheme Certificate);
If returning to the UK, the pet must be treated first for ticks and tapeworm.

Pets from Non-EU Countries

As for pets coming into Germany from non-EU countries, the animals must be identified and accompanied by official documentation along the lines of the EU Pet Passport. Other requirements differ depending on the exact country of origin. In most cases the German Embassy in the country of departure will give details of the requirements.

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