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Traveling to Russia with your pet

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Traveling to Russia with your pet requires proper planning. Here is some useful information on formalities to be filled in.

Are you planning to settle in Russia? But what about your pet? According to existing Russian regulations, you are authorized to be accompanied by your pet while traveling there, provided the latter complies with all health requirements. Note that different regulations will apply to different kinds of pets, be it dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, fish, miniature pigs, chinchillas, parrots, guinea pigs, turtles, iguanas or other animals.

You may inquire on these health requirements with the Federal Office for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision or with the nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate to your place of residence in your home country.

 Warning:

Your pet is likely to be quarantined for a period of 30 days if it does not comply with existing health requirements or if it is listed as a prohibited species. Russian customs are quite strict in this regard.

 Good to know:

Foreigners are allowed to travel to Russia with a maximum of two dogs and two cats. You may also let them travel alone in appropriate cages, as specified by local authorities.

Proceedings

Documents to be produced to import a dog, a cat or a bird are the following:

  • the animal's pet passport
  • a pet import request form which is available at the nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate to the place of residence in your home country
  • a health certificate which has been issued by a licensed and registered veterinarian not more than 10 days before your pet's scheduled arrival in Russia
  • your home country's Ministry of Health stamp
  • proof of anti-rabies vaccination which has been administered at least one month prior to the animal's scheduled arrival in Russia (the date the vaccine has been administered as well as its validity period should be indicated on the vaccination certificate).

European Union citizens also have to prove that their pet has received treatment against tapeworms, ticks and other parasites at least two days prior to the scheduled time of departure.

If you are importing two animals belonging to the same species, you will also have to request for an import permit with the Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Department. In case you are importing a pigeon, you have to produce a certificate of non-contamination by avian flu.

 Good to know:

Your pet (cat or dog) may also wear an identification microchip which complies with ISO 11784-11785. However, this is not mandatory in Russia.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Russia Forum 
Locate the Embassy / Russian consulate in your country www.russianembassy.ru
Federal Office for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision – Rosselkhoznadzor www.rsn-msk.ru
Moscow branch of Rosselkhoznadzor www.fsvps.ru
Russian customs official website eng.customs.ru

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