May I Bring My Pet?

Entry and re-entry of dogs, cats, ferrets and other pets into Austria when travelling from third countries

Pets fulfilling the conditions described below are not subject to checks by a border veterinarian in Austria. The person responsible for the animals has to present them for checks by the Customs.

Pets

Pet animals are defined as dogs, domestic cats, ferrets, invertebrates (except bees and crustaceans), ornamental tropical fish, amphibia, reptiles, birds (except poultry) as well as rodents and domestic rabbits which are accompanying their owners or a natural person responsible for such animals on behalf of the owner during their movement and are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner. Altogether, a maximum of five animals may be taken along per person.

With the exception of dogs, cats and ferrets, no certificates have been laid down so far.

Due to avian influenza special conditions apply regarding birds until at least 31 December 2013 providing for checks by a border veterinarian in any case (see separate info leaflet).

For dogs, cats and ferrets the following rules apply:

Each animal entering the EU from a third country while travelling with a private person has to be identified and it has to be vaccinated against rabies. A certificate has to be carried along for each animal. Also, a serological test for rabies (titration test) is required for each animal that does not originate from a third country entered into the specific third country list in Annex II of Reg. (EC) No. 998/2003.

Identification

Each animal has to be identified: After 3 July 2011 animals may only be identified by microchip. Tattoos applied before 3 July 2011 remain valid as long as they are clearly readable. Identification has to take place before anti-rabies vaccination. 2/4 as of July 2013


Anti-rabies vaccination

Anti-rabies vaccination is deemed valid if the animal has been vaccinated with an inactivated or a recombinant vaccine against rabies in accordance with the licensing for market authorization of the vaccine in the country of origin;

21 days after finishing the basic vaccination procedure; if the animal has been re-vaccinated at regular intervals; if the vaccine meets the requirements laid down in the Manual (Chapter 2.1.13 of the Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals) of the World Organisation for Animal Health.


Serological test for rabies (rabies titration test)
This serological test for rabies has to be carried out as follows:

A neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml carried out on a sample taken by an authorised veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination and at least three months before the animal is being moved. The titration has to be carried out in an EU-approved laboratory.

This serological test for rabies needs not to be repeated if a pet has been re-vaccinated at the required intervals.

 

Certification

From 1 January 2012, each animal has to be accompanied by a certificate as laid down in Annex II to Commission Implementing Decision 2011/874/EU; it is, however, possible to issue certificates covering several (altogether a maximum of five) animals taken along together. You can find a link to the respective decision at the internet address at the end of this information sheet. The certificate has to be issued by an official veterinarian in German or English.

The certificate must be accompanied by supporting documentation certifying identification, anti-rabies vaccination and, if required, an officially certified copy of the report by the approved laboratory that carried out the titration test.

Upon entry into the EU the certificate must not be older than 10 days. The certificate may be used as a document for travels within the EU for four months. Validity of the certificate expires, if a rabies re-vaccination has to be carried out or if the animal will be moved to another Member state for which a treatment against Echincoccus multilocularis is required.

 

Dogs, cats or ferrets traveling from third countries not specifically named in Annex II to Reg. (EC) No. 998/2003:

  • Each animal has to be identified.

  • Each animal has to be vaccinated against rabies and the vaccination must be valid.

  • For each animal a certificate has to be presented including certification of a serological test for rabies (antibody titration). 3/4 as of July 2013

 

Re-entry of animals originating in Austria or another EU-Member state from third countries not specifically named:

In the case of re-entry, a pet pass* has to be carried along for each animal including the entry of the valid rabies vaccination and in addition the serological test for rabies. The three-month period between bloodletting for sampling and movement is not required in the case of re-entry of a pet animal, if the passport demonstrates that the serological test for rabies was carried out, with a positive result, before the animal left the territory of the Community.

 

Dogs, cats or ferrets traveling from third countries specifically named in Annex II to Reg. (EC) No. 998/2003:

Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, St. Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, St. Pierre et Miquelon, Russian Federation, Singapore, St. Helena, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna as well as Mayotte.

 

For animals travelling from the third countries mentioned above the following applies:

  • Each animal has to be identified.
  • Each animal has to be vaccinated against rabies and the vaccination must be valid.
  • For each animal a certificate has to be presented. A serological test for rabies (antibody titration) is not required.
  • Re-entry of animals originating in Austria or another EU-Member state from these specifically named third countries:
  • In the case of re-entry, a pet pass* including the entry of a valid rabies vaccination has to be carried along for each animal. A serological test for rabies is not required.

 

Dogs, cats or ferrets from countries with special conditions:

  • For Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Gibraltar, the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands the conditions of intra-Community movements apply.
  • Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Vatican City State are entitled to issue pet passports*. Animals travelling from these countries may enter the EU accompanied either by the certificate or a pet pass. 4/4 as of July 2013
  • * For movements of dogs, cats or ferrets originating in an EU Member state to other EU Member states a standardised document (pet pass, Heimtierausweis) has been laid down. A veterinarian authorised by the competent authority has to certify identification, valid rabies vaccination and- if applicable – a valid re-vaccination as well as a rabies titration test, if applicable, into the pet pass.
  • Re-entry of animals originating in Austria or another EU-Member state from countries with special conditions:
  • In the case of re-entry, a pet pass* including the entry of a valid rabies vaccination has to be carried along for each animal. A serological test for rabies is not required.

 

Import of dogs and cats younger than 3 months:

Dogs and cats younger than 3 months and not vaccinated against rabies may be imported into Austria only if a written import permit by the Federal Ministry of Health is provided. Such permit may only be issued, if the animals originate in a third country specifically named or in Iceland. Furthermore, these animals are subject to border veterinarian control without exception.

For all animals younger than 3 months imported from Andorra, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Vatican City State the conditions of Intra-Community movements of animals younger than 3 months apply.

 

Commercial imports:

These conditions also apply to more than five dogs, cats and ferrets per person when accompanying travellers, and animals, which are not accompanied by a person responsible for them.

These animals are subject to border veterinarian control without exception. From 1 January 2012 all imports of dogs, cats and ferrets older than 3 months are subject to the conditions of article 2 of Commission Implementing Decision 2011/874/EU. The model certificate in Annex I to Commission Implementing Decision 2011/874/EU has to be used.

Please bear also in mind that there may be import bans or restrictions applicable due to other EU or national legislation, e.g. protection of endangered species (CITES), or financial legislation.

 

Further information:

Federal Ministry of Health, Department II/B/10
Telephone (Mo - Fr, 9:00 to 4:00 pm): +43 1 71100 extension 4813
E-mail: sonja.dichtl@bmg.gv.at or georg.brandl@bmg.gv.at

 

Important internet addresses:

 

Pets fulfilling the conditions described below are not subject to checks by a border veterinarian in Austria.

* For movements of dogs, cats or ferrets originating in an EU Member state to other EU Member states a standardised document (pet pass, Heimtierausweis) has been laid down. A veterinarian authorised by the competent authority has to certify identification, valid rabies vaccination and- if applicable – a valid re-vaccination as well as a rabies titration test, if applicable, into the pet pass.