As you prepare to bring your dog to Switzerland, start by researching the import requirements and learning about the resources and assistance options available to you.
As you’ll see, with careful planning importing dogs to Switzerland can be a smooth and low-stress experience. Read on to learn more about how to bring dogs to Switzerland.
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Regulations for Importing Dogs to Switzerland
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 dog 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. Switzerland currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.
Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
All dogs must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old at the time of the final health exam.
Further details regarding the rabies vaccine:
- Pets may travel with a current one year vaccine (also known as a “primary” vaccine).
- Pets may travel with a 3 year vaccine that was administered less than a year ago (otherwise it may be considered a booster).
If you have questions about this, please ask your PetRelocation Specialist about possible exceptions.
The following vaccines are recommended but not required.
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.
EU Health Certificate
This will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist.
Additional 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 the best way to manage this.
- Microchip Implantation Record
- Rabies Certificate
- EU Vet Health Certificate
Airline Health Certificate
Your vet should have these in stock. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure.
The EU Five Day Rule
Dog owners must fly within five days of their pet in order for the move to be considered “non-commercial.” If you are unable to meet this Five Day Rule, the move can still be carried out but it will be considered a commercial move, which increases costs and changes the EU import requirements and timeline.
Please check with your PetRelocation Specialist if you have questions about the EU Five Day Rule and how to best manage your pet’s relocation.
Dog Breed Restrictions
The following breeds are unfortunately prohibited in some parts of Switzerland: American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier, Bandog, and all hybrids and mixes of these breeds that have at least 10% bloodline of these breeds.
Each canton has its own laws and restrictions, so check ahead of time to find out what kind of regulations you’ll be facing.
Generally, dogs with clipped tails are not allowed to be imported unless accompanied by an additional customs form.