Pet Travel Advice: Bringing Dogs to Germany

Yorkshire TerrierHello PetRelocation,

I am writing to see if I can receive information on the most up to date requirements for a dog to enter Germany from the United States.

We used your company to relocate our dog, Winston, to Japan in 2014 and had a wonderful experience. Although we plan to travel with Winston this time, I know the staff at PetRelocation is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

I believe that I have all the steps below, but am hoping for confirmation and clarification on step 2.

  1. Identification with ISO compliant microchip. This was done for Japan and should meet the requirements for Germany.

  2. Rabies vaccination. My understanding is that because the US is "rabies controlled," he will NOT need a titer test after the vaccination. Is this correct?

  3. Have an accredited Veterinarian issue a health certificate dated within 10 days of departure. I see that health certificates for the EU can be downloaded from APHIS website.

  4. Send certificate to be endorsed by APHIS within 10 days of departure date.


I really appreciate your time and thank you again for the wonderful service!

Best Regards,

Erica

 

Hi Erica,

It's great to hear from you again! We'd be happy to share some information to help with Winston's trip to Germany.

Here is a link to our Germany pet import requirement page as well as a link to the official Germany government site regarding pet imports.

As for your specific question, no titer test is needed for bringing pets to Germany from the US. It looks like you have a good understanding of the rules, so the only other thing we'd mention is that pets must fly within five days of their owner in order to be considered a non-commercial shipment to Germany. It sounds like you're planning to do this, but as this is a newer rule we wanted to mention it just in case.

Hope this helps, Erica! Here's one final resource about bringing pets to the EU, and if you have any additional questions or if you change your mind and decide you'd like some help after all, we're here to talk.

Safe travels and say hi to Winston for us!

-The PetRelocation Team

 

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Erica
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: Washington, D.C.
To: Stuttgart, Germany

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Photo credit: Tanakawho/Flickr

Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts, Microchips

Pet:

Dogs

Country:

EU, Germany

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