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Traveling to Sweden with your pet

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About to move to Sweden with your pet? Find all that you need to know about traveling there with your pet in this article.

Traveling abroad with your pet requires appropriate planning. So if you are about to move to Sweden, it is wise to inquire on all relating conditions and formalities beforehand. In fact, procedures are likely to take several weeks, or even months in some cases. Beware! Your pet may be repatriated in case you have not fulfilled all the stipulated conditions.

Some common requirements apply to cats, dogs and ferrets within the European Union. These requirements also apply to countries which are not part of the EU but are closely related to the area. Find a list of these countries here: www.jordbruksverket.se

Conditions

Since July 2011, the following regulations apply to a maximum of 5 dogs or 5 cats or 5 ferrets for non-commercial purposes:

Cats and dogs traveling within the European Union must have a pet passport. Each member State can establish its own pet passport in English and French according to the model displayed in the decision 2003/803/EC. Feel free to contact your pet's veterinary for more details on this passport.

Pets coming from EU countries

Traveling to Sweden with pets is rather easy for European Union nationals. In general, the pet must be in possession of a European passport delivered by a licensed veterinary, mentioning the different treatments received. Moreover, since the 3rd of July 2011, pets traveling within or to the EU must wear an electronic identification microchip. Those which have been tattooed before the 3rd of July 2011 and are in possession of a pet passport or a health certificate for import mentioning the tattoo date are considered as identified and are allowed to travel.

 Good to know:

  • The Swedish Agricultural Directorate recommends the electronic identification microchip for all pets so as to avoid unwanted delays at the Swedish borders on arrival.
  • If your pet is wearing an electronic microchip which is not ISO certified, it must be in possession of its own scanner on its arrival at the border post.
  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies as per the vaccine producer's recommendations. Note that the producer must be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, your pet is not allowed to travel within 21 days following the vaccination date. In case two vaccines are required, the delay starts as from the second vaccine.
  • Your pet will not be compelled to undergo a blood test to check the vaccine's efficiency. However, in all cases, the animal must be at least 4 months old to be allowed to travel. The rabies vaccination must take place when it is 3 months old and the trip has to be undertaken at least 21 days following the first vaccination.
  • Treatment against tapeworms is no more compulsory.

Pets coming from non-EU countries

If your pet comes from a listed non-EU country (having an intensive rabies control program) or from a non-listed non-EU country (which does not have a real rabies control program):

  • it must be in possession of a health certificate established as per the 2004/203/CE model, supporting a valid rabies vaccine. It must also undergo a rabies medical checkup, as well as treatments against treatments against ticks, tapeworms and and echinococcus.
  • it must wear an identification microchip
  • its pet health certificate (E9.207 form) must have been issued 90 days following the tests and vaccinations
  • it must be declared by its owner.

In all cases, you will find more information on the Ministry of Agriculture's website.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Pets in Sweden Forum 
Ministry of Agriculture – pets coming from listed non EU countries www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture
Ministry of Agriculture – pets coming from non-listed non EU countries www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture/engelskasidor/animals
Ministry of Agriculture – different types of pets (birds, rabbits, reptiles, etc.) www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture/engelskasidor/animals/import
Listed and non listed non EU countries www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture/engelskasidor/animals/import/dogscatsandferrets

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