Pet Travel Question: My Dog Has a Layover in Germany

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab
From: Italy
To: Boston, USA


We are leaving to head back home--our dog is from the United States and traveled with us. She is leaving Italy and has a layover in Germany, then proceeds to Boston. What requirements does she need to enter Germany? I have microchipped her, she has her Rabies shots, and her Health Certificate, also a pet passport all up to date. She leaves in eight days.




Hi Susan,

Whether or not your dog will need to meet the import requirements of a country she is transiting through depends on the nature of her layover. You only have to worry about meeting the pet import requirements for Germany if your dog will be switching airlines or leaving the airport. If this is the case, you'll see that your dog will need full vaccinations given at least four weeks before

If not, you can just focus on the pet import requirements for the United States, which are a lot less strict. If you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question, and good luck with your relocation!


PetRelocation Team




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