Russia Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Bringing pets to Russia means undergoing an import process that will most likely take at least 30 days to complete. In addition to basic vaccines, including a rabies vaccine, pets must also have a microchip implanted for identification purposes.

Shipping pets to Russia also means gathering the correct paperwork, which includes a Health Certificate and Rabies Certificate. If all requirements are met, there is no quarantine period required upon arrival.

Moving internationally with pets is a complex process that balances many essential details, and accuracy is key in avoiding delays. Read on to learn more about pet transport to Russia and contact a PetRelocation Specialist if you need assistance bringing your pet to your new home.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Russia

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine and must be administered more than 30 days and less than one year before the day of departure.

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus (DHLP)

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)

All vaccines must be administered between 21 days and one year before departure.

Internal and external parasite treatments are also required and should be administered at the final vet visit before departure.

Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001)

This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited veterinarian and it must be issued within five days of the flight.

USDA Endorsements

The following documents must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about how to manage this process.

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vet Health Certificate

Additional Details

Requirements for pet transport to Russia can change quickly and without warning, so be prepared to be flexible when planning pet transport here.

If all requirements are followed, no quarantine is required.

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