Traveling to the Netherlands with your pet


Can your pet accompany you during your trip to the Netherlands? What are the conditions that apply? Find out in this article.

Pets are often considered as family members. So if you are traveling to the Netherlands, you will probably want your pet to accompany you. This is possible, provided your pet meets certain criteria. You can start by seeking all related information with the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate in your home country of with the Dutch ministry of Agriculture. Note that different conditions apply to pets coming from the European Union and from other countries.

 Good to know:

The European Union has set up the pet passport system in June 2004. Hence, all pets traveling to Netherlands, that is dogs, cats and ferrets, can travel freely without having to be quarantined.


To be authorized to enter the Dutch territory, your pet must wear an identification microchip or tattoo. It will also need a pet passport which has been issued by a licensed veterinarian and approved by your country's related authorities. This document should confirm that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies at least 28 days before the scheduled date of departure for the Netherlands.

Moreover, pets coming from non-European Union countries will have to undergo a blood test in order to verify the rabies vaccination's effectiveness a few months before the trip. Once again, these conditions will vary from one country to another. You can seek more information from the European Commission before proceeding.


The Netherlands are quite lenient toward the import of more than three month puppies. However, some conditions still apply. The puppy should also wear an identification microchip and bear a pet passport which has to be accompanied by a sworn owner's statement. This statement, which has to be written in English, must confirm that the puppy has only stayed at its place of birth before traveling to the Netherlands and that it has never been in contact with any animal suffering from rabies.

Dangerous dogs

There is no specific regulation in Netherlands regarding the import of dangerous dogs. However, precautionary measures may be taken by the local authorities of the region where you have registered as a foreigner. For instance, wearing the muzzle should be mandatory for your dog. You can seek further information on the Ministry of Agriculture's website.

Other animals

If you wish to import other types of pets such as reptiles, birds or rodents, you will only need a pet health certificate. However, Dutch customs authorities will determine if they will authorize your pet to enter the country.

 Good to know:

There is no particular condition regarding the import of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.

 Useful links:

Dutch Customs - Admission of pets
Ministry of Agriculture - Taking an animal in the Netherlands
European Commission - Passport pet

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