Bringing Pets To: Poland



Looking to transport your pets to Poland? Look no further! Our team of experts ensures your pet has a smooth & safe relocation. Discover how we can help make this process as stress-free as possible for you and your pets.

Need Our Support?

Let's Get Moving!

What to Know Before Transporting Dogs and Cats to Poland

Poland Import Requirements and Timeline

Gizmo: US to Poland

Microchip and Vaccinations

Time frame: we recommend starting at least 30 days ahead

Ensuring the health and safety of pets is a top priority in Poland, which is why pets entering the country must be microchipped and vaccinated. To help you navigate these requirements, we've provided detailed information below. 

How to start the process of moving your pet to Poland

When traveling to Poland with your pets, it's essential to be aware of the following requirements:


  • Each pet must have a microchip for identification.
  • Only microchips complying with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785 are acceptable.
  • Poland also accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO.
  • The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

Rabies Vaccination:

  • All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet.
  • The Rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old during the final health exam and endorsement.
  • Pets may travel to Poland with a current one-year vaccine (primary vaccine) or a 3-year vaccine administered less than a year ago.
  • Pets outside the EU may need a blood test to prove they have adequate rabies antibodies.

Other Vaccinations/Treatments:

  • Dogs should have vaccinations for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHLPP), and Bordetella.
  • Dogs should receive tapeworm and tick treatment within 48 hours of the travel date.
  • Cats should receive tick treatment within 48 hours of the travel date and have vaccinations for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
  • These vaccinations and treatments should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before the export date for maximum effectiveness.

Additional Considerations:

  • If traveling by air, pets must be transported in an IATA-approved crate appropriate for their size and weight.

Noah: Poland to Switzerland

Import Documentation

Time frame: Within 10 days prior to departure (non-commercial)

We understand that completing all the necessary paperwork for pet transportation can be difficult. We offer detailed templates for your veterinarian to ensure all forms are properly completed. We also have a team of experts available to answer any questions you may have during this stage of your pet transportation process. We aim to make the process seamless and stress-free for you and your pet.

Proper paperwork prevents hangups at customs

EU Health Certificate and USDA Endorsements for Pet Travel

If you're planning to travel with your pet internationally, there are several important forms and certificates you'll need to complete to comply with local regulations. 

EU Health Certificate

  • Standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited veterinarian
  • It must be signed in a different color than that of the certificate's printing (usually blue ink)
  • Valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date at the EU point of entry
  • Required for further movements within the EU

USDA Endorsements

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • EU Vet Health Certificate
  • Airline Health Certificate

All documents must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval

Getting the Health Certificate from Your Vet

  • Make sure your veterinarian has the necessary forms in stock.
  • An International Health Certificate needs to be completed by your vet within ten days of departure
  • If you're moving your pet commercially, know the 5-day rule and other commercial transportation requirements. 

Sophie: Poland to US

The 5-Day Rule (and more)

Important information to keep your move on track.

Before you transport your dog or cat to Poland, it's important to know that the EU has regulations to ensure pets' safety during travel.

Here are some key things to keep in mind:

What to know about about commerical moves and breed bans

The following information is crucial for pet owners planning to relocate their pets to Poland:

The EU 5-Day Rule

To fly "non-commercially," pets must travel within five days of their owner's arrival in Poland. If you cannot meet this 5-Day Rule, you may still move your pet but must undergo a commercial move, which can increase costs and change EU import requirements and timelines. If you cannot comply with the 5-Day Rule, please get in touch with your relocation coordinator to discuss commercial moves.

Banned Breeds in Poland

  • Poland does not have a list of banned breeds.

Additional Requirements for Pets Coming from Unlisted Countries

If you come from an unlisted country, your pet will need a rabies antibody test, known as a titer test.

Travel Stories and Tips

Back to top