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Traveling to Denmark with your pets

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Wondering if you can travel to Denmark with your pets? Find all that you need to know about existing conditions and formalities in this article.

If you have pets and you are planning to travel to Denmark, you are probably wondering whether they can accompany you. Relating conditions and procedures are quite simple if you know from where to start. Note that cats, dogs and ferrets are considered as pets in the country.

Conditions and formalities

First of all, pets traveling with their owner or any other legal representative must wear either a tattoo or an electronic implant if they have been declared before July 3rd, 2011. Beyond this date, they must be fitted with an identification microchip. They must also be in possession of their pet passport which should specify their rabies vaccination and titration dates.

Note that your pet must be vaccinated against rabies at least three weeks before the scheduled travel date but not before it reaches the age of 12 weeks. Feel free to inquire about the rabies vaccination with your pet's veterinary before traveling.

Pets traveling alone

Your cat, dog or ferret is allowed to travel alone provided it does not exceed five days before or after your arrival into the country or that of its legal representative. In this case, your pet must be in possession of your travel documents, its own travel tickets or other documents justifying the owner's or legal representative's travel within these five days.

You are also required to request for a statement from your home country's Ministry of Agriculture proving that the trip has no commercial purpose.

Prohibited breeds

The tosa and pit-bull are not allowed into the country.

The following breeds, for their part, are authorized conditionally if they were acquired after March 17, 2010: American Staffordshire terrier, fila Brasileiro, Argentine Mastiff, American Bulldog, boerboel, kangal, Ovtcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Caucasian Ovtcharka (South of Russia), Tornjak and Yugoslav shepherd / Illyria.

In fact, they have to be leashed maximum for a maximum of 2 meters, if muzzled and provided that they are not meant to be sold or adopted by a third party.

As regards fierce looking dogs and those similar to the above mentioned breeds, it is recommended that you are in possession of its pedigree so that you can prove that it is not concerned by prohibitions or restrictions.

Registering your pets

You are required to register your dog at the Danish Dog Register, that is the Dansk Hunderegister within four weeks following both you and your pet's arrival in Denmark if you intend to make a more than four weeks stay.

 Useful links:

Dansk Hunderegister – Danish Dog Register danskhunderegister.dk
Danish Food and Veterinary Administration – Traveling with pets www.foedevarestyrelsen.dk

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