Using EU Pet Passports for Pet Imports to Canada

Name: Adam
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Schnauzer
From: Netherlands
To: Canada


Hi PetRelocation,

I live in the Netherlands and I want to bring my dog with me to Canada on vacation. The dog was originally from Canada, so I was wondering if I can bring him back into the country with his European pet passport?




Hi Adam,

In order to bring your dog into Canada, you'll need to follow the guidelines as outlined on the official Canada government website. The fact that your dog is originally from Canada will not really affect the import requirements, but according to this site a European Union pet passport is an acceptable alternative to the required rabies certificate provided that all the details are complete and correct as outlined here.

There is no quarantine for pets entering Canada (as long as all requirements are met), and a microchip is not required (though PetRelocation does recommend microchips for all traveling pets). Finally, it's also important to check with the airline you'll be traveling with to find out about any additional requirements, and when you return to the Netherlands, you'll need to make sure you meet those airline/country import requirements, as well.

If you have any general questions about the logistics of pet travel, these frequently asked pet travel questions will provide some basic information. If you think you'd like some assistance with your dog's journey, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




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