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Looking forward to move to Poland with your pet? Find out how to proceed in this article.

Poland is quite welcoming towards pets. So if you are planning to move there, you should not have much trouble in taking your best friend with you, provided it complies with existing regulations. These may be seem particular but are, in fact, rather simple if you tackle them with advance planning. Make sure to inquire with relevant authorities beforehand, including the Pole embassy or consulate in your home country.


Cats and dogs are allowed into the country, provided they wear an identification microchip which is compliant with ISO 11784/11785 norms. In case the microchip does not comply with these norms, it must be accompanied by its own detector. Pets also have to be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to their arrival date in Poland.

Pets coming from countries which are considered as having a high rabies prevalence have to be vaccinated against rabies after the fitting of the electronic microchip. They also have to undergo a blood test 30 days following the rabies vaccination. This test will determine whether the animal is fit to be allowed onto the Pole territory, but only three months later.

Note that different entry conditions apply to puppies and kittens. Regardless of their country of origin, they have to be vaccinated against rabies once they are 12 weeks old. They will then be allowed to travel to Poland 21 days following the vaccination date. As regards puppies and kittens coming from high rabies prevalence countries, they have to be at least 7 months old to be allowed into the country.


In general, pet entry conditions vary from one country to another although these are authorized into the country, regardless of their country of origin. It may also depend on the identity of the person who will take care of them on their arrival.

If the animal coming from a non-European Union country is destined to its master or another party within a five days period, or if it is intended for adoption by another person, it must be accompanied by a document which has to be signed by an accredited veterinarian less than two days prior to its arrival into Poland. Moreover, local authorities have to be notified regarding its arrival less than 24 hours before at the Warsaw International Airport. The animal will then be examined by the customs officers.

Pets arriving from the European Union in the same conditions must be in possession of an export permit issued in their respective home countries. The pet's passport must also be updated by a licensed veterinarian and be accompanied by a health certificate in accordance with inter-community exchange conditions at least 48 hours prior to its arrival date into Poland.

In the case of pets coming from the European Union, whether they are traveling with their owner or they will be collected by the latter or a third party within five days following their arrival in the country, the animal must also be in possession of a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. This document should be valid for 10 days and applies to a maximum of five animals.

Finally, pets coming from non-European countries must be in possession of a pet passport complying with European norms and issued by a licensed veterinarian in their home country. They will also require a non-commercial transport declaration that has to be signed by the responsible party on the travel date. This documents certifies that the dog or cat is not intended to be sold or given to a third party upon its arrival into the country.

Banned breeds

The following breeds are blacklisted are are not allowed to enter Poland: Akbash shepherd Caucasian, Anatolian shepherd, Bulldog, Ca de Bou, Moscow guard dog, Dogo Argentino, Mastiff Canary, Pitbull, Rottweiler, Tosa.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Moving to Poland with pets Forum 
Pet Travel www.pettravel.com
European Commission – Pet entry conditions ec.europa.eu

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