Pet Travel Question: Moving a Pet to Europe

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix (25lb)
From: San Antonio
To: Zurich, Switzerland

I received your super handy planning eBook, but had a quick question. Is the EU 998 form the same thing as a pet passport? Also, for the USDA approval, any ideas on turn around time for that? We are planning to move in early November and are trying to stay ahead of the game! Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Side note: Read about your company a few years ago and thought, what a fantastic company! Had no clue I would actually be contacting you for your expertise!!

Kind regards,

It's great to hear from you, Julie! We're glad to be of service as you sort out your upcoming move. It's smart of you to get a head start on everything, too, as an international relocation can definitely be a bit overwhelming.

Here are the requirements for importing pets to Switzerland. You'll see that you need full vaccinations as well as the EU 998 (that's the international health certificate, which is different than a "pet passport"). There are no guarantees when it comes to how long it will take for the USDA endorsements to be returned, so it's best to allow at least a week.

Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




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