Traveling to Belgium with your pet


If you are traveling to Belgium, you are probably wondering how to take your pet with you. Here is an overview of formalities to be filled in.

Pets are often deemed to be family members. So if you are moving to Belgium, whether for a long or short period, you are probably wondering if it can accompany you. Belgium has a set up a series of formalities which you will have to fill in to be able to travel there with your pet. But it should not be too difficult if your pet fills in all related criteria.

Note, however, that different conditions apply to European Union and non-European Union citizens. You are advised to inquire with the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or with the Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment beforehand.

 Good to know:

Dogs, cats and even ferrets are considered as pets in Belgium. Hence, you may have to obtain special authorizations to import other animals.


Pets coming from EU countries

In general, pets coming from European Union countries have to wear an identification micro-chip which is compliant with ISO 11784, HDX or FDX-B technology, as it will be read by a machine which supports the ISO 11785 standard. However, the micro-chip will not be required if your pet wears a clear and legible tattoo which has been made before the 3rd of June 2011. Your pet must also have a European pet passport.

Moreover, the animal must have been vaccinated against rabies according to the protocol to and undergo a rabies vaccination test in a laboratory which has been approved by the UE so as to ensure its effectiveness. Note that the rabies vaccine has to be administered after placing the identification micro-chip.

Pets coming from non-EU countries

Pets coming from non-European Union countries also have to wear an identification micro-chip. Furthermore, they have to be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before the scheduled travel date and after the placement of the identification micro-chip. They must also have a health certificate which has been issued by a licensed veterinarian not more than 10 days before the scheduled date of departure. Note that this certificate is valid for 4 months.

 Useful link:

Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

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