Here is some information on the procedures to follow if you wish to travel to Germany with your pet.
If you intend to travel to Germany, you are probably wondering what do you with your pet. Your dog or cat can accompany you to Germany provided it meets the criteria established by the relevant authorities and that you complete the formalities. You can start by inquiring on these with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture or with the European Commission if you come from a European Union country. You will thus be able to prepare an appropriate file for your pet.
First of all, your pet, whether a dog or a cat, will need a pet passport if you come from a European Union country. This document should be issued by a licensed veterinarian. Before proceeding, the veterinarian has to check if your pet is wearing an identification microchip and make sure that it has been vaccinated against rabies.
Note that dogs and cats traveling to Germany must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days and not more than 12 months before the scheduled travel date. Moreover, your pet will have to undergo a blood test in order to determine the rabies vaccine's effectiveness at least 30 days after the vaccination date.
Your pet's passport should include other details such as its name, breed, color, age and weight, as well as the owner's name and contact details. Dogs coming from Sweden, Ireland, Malta, Finland and the UK must also be treated against tapeworms.
Finally, it is recommended to give your pet necessary treatment against parasites such as fleas and ticks before the scheduled travel date. If your pet's rabies vaccination certificate is up-to-date, it will not be quarantined upon its arrival in Germany.
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Required vaccination may vary from one country to another. For instance, pets coming from some countries such as New Caledonia and Australia should be vaccinated against leptospirosis, distemper, Rubarth hepatitis, etc.
If you wish to import other pets such as ferrets, birds, fish, among others, it is best to inquire on related formalities with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. As regards horses, they will be quarantined for a certain period upon their arrival in Germany.
Make sure to check your pet's travel conditions with your carrier beforehand. Advance booking is recommended as the number of seats may be limited. Moreover, animals weighing a maximum of 4 pounds are allowed to travel in the cabin while those weighing less than 10 pounds are required to travel in the hold. Remember to bring an emergency kit for your pet in case it gets sea or air sick.
Traveling across the country
Once you are in Germany, traveling across the country with your pet should be quite easy. In fact, pets, dogs in particular, are allowed to travel by public transport. Train networks, for instance, offer discounted rates for dogs.