Taking pets to Germany

Dogs, cats and ferrets

When travelling from the UK to Germany your pet must meet the following requirements:

  • The animal must be micro-chipped and the ID must be recorded in an
  • EU pet passport which must contain all necessary health records such as
  • a valid rabies vaccination.

NB: If your animal has been vaccinated against rabies for the first time, this vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days before travelling.

Repeat vaccinations

Repeat vaccinations depend on the individual vaccine manufacturer's recommendation. The length of the vaccination must be noted in the pet passport.

Puppies and kittens under twelve weeks old

In the case of puppies and kittens under twelve weeks old and therefore below the minimum age for vaccination, the following is required:

If accompanied by the mother, a valid EU Pet Passport in respect of the mother, including the completed rabies vaccination section is required. If not accompanied by the mother, a fitted microchip and valid EU Pet Passport in respect of each travelling animal, together with a written declaration by the owner that the animals have not left the breeder’s premises or come into contact with wild animals.

Rules for pet animals entering the European Union

Legislation against dangerous dogs

Please take a look at the link below for details on taking certain breeds of dog into Germany.  


Parrots, parakeets and budgerigars

When bringing parrots, parakeets or budgerigars into Germany (NB maximum 3 birds per person), the following is required:

an official health certificate (see link below) issued not more than 10 days previously, certifying that the bird is healthy and that no infectious diseases have been found in the flock of origin or, if kept domestically, in the bird’s immediate environment within the last 30 days; AND the bird must be ringed with an identification number indicating its origin/breeder.

Veterinary Certificate to download [msword, 31.5k]

Taking pets