Traveling to Romania with your pet


Traveling to Romania with your pet should not be complicated if your know where to start from. Here are the steps to follow.

If you are moving to Romania, you will probably want your pet to accompany you. But before proceeding, it is best that you inquire on related formalities, especially according to those applied to your home country. Note also, that only dogs, cats and ferrets are considered as pets in Romania. Moreover, these are classified into different categories, that is:

  • pets coming from European Union or non-European Union countries
  • pets coming from rabies-free countries
  • pets coming from country's that are lightly concerned by rabies
  • pets coming from countries that are heavily affected by rabies.


Pets coming from the first three categories will not be quarantined on their arrival in Romania provided:

  • they have been fitted with an ISO 11784/11785 norm identification microchip within six months prior to the trip (or are in possession of their own microchip scanner)
  • they have been vaccinated against rabies after having worn the microchip and at least 21 days before the scheduled travel date.

As regards pets coming from countries that are heavily affected by rabies, they must wear and identification microchip before being vaccinated against rabies and undergo a blood test within 30 days following the vaccination date so as to verify the vaccine's efficiency.

 Good to know:

Pets coming from countries that are heavily affected by rabies will be quarantined unless they have traveled to Romania at least 90 days following the results issue date.

Pet passport and health certificate

If your pet is traveling with you, it must be in possession of the Appendix IV for Romania filled in two languages by a licensed veterinarian at least 10 days prior to the scheduled travel date. Note that this document is common for all European Union countries and is recognized as a pet health certificate. Moreover, in the case of pets coming from the European Union, only their passport has to be updated by the veterinarian.

In case there is a five days gap between your pet's scheduled travel date and yours, you are required to fill an Appendix 1 for Romania. If your pet comes from another European Union country, its pet passport should suffice.

Finally, pets traveling alone as freight should be in possession of a health certificate that has been issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days prior to the scheduled travel date.

Non-EU pets

In the case of a dog or cat coming from a non-European Union country and traveling alone by air, the owner must sign a statement to confirm that the latter is not intended to be sold or given to another person. Moreover, the owner has to travel to Romania within five days either before or after his pet's scheduled travel date.

If the gap between the two scheduled travel dates exceeds five days, or if the pet is intended to be sold or given to another person, it will be considered as a commercial trip. This applies to pets belonging to the above-mentioned categories 1 and 3 who must be in possession of an Annex 1 to be produced to sanitary and custom authorities, as well as an intra-trade certificate.

As regards pets belonging to the 3rd category, their entry into the country will be determined by an authorized border inspection post. Note that the border post has to be notified at least 24 hours before the pet's scheduled arrival.

 Good to know:

Foreigners traveling to Romania are allowed to import a maximum of five pets.

Banned dog breeds

The following dog breeds are prohibited from entering Romania:

  • Pitbull
  • Boerboel
  • Bandog.

 Useful links:

Tourism Office of Romania - Entry requirements for animals
Pet Travel

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