Finland pet travel regulations. How to enter Finland with a dog or a cat

If you are planning to travel to Finland with a pet (dog, cat, or ferret), check the non-commercial pet import requirements. The following requirements apply only to animals accompanied by their owner (or authorized person) and not intended for sale or transfer to third parties.

The number of pets transported by one owner must not exceed five. If you need to transport more pets, you will be subject to the rules for commercial import of animals.


Pets that come to Finland from EU countries must:


• Be identified with a microchip or tattoo (if it was made before 07/03/2011). It is recommended to have an ISO 11784 microchip that can be recognized by an ISO 11785 reader. If your pet's microchip is not up to standard, you must provide a device to read it;

• Have a valid rabies vaccination in accordance with WHO international standards. At the time of the introduction of the vaccine, the pet should already be 12 weeks old;

• Get tapeworm treatment (dogs only). The medicine must be given to the pet in the country of export within five days before entering Finland. The treatment is not required if you are entering the country directly from Norway, Ireland or Malta;

• Have a pet passport, which must include information about identification, current rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment. The passport must be completed and issued by a licensed veterinarian in the country of export. Passport requirements will be different for animals from Norway and Switzerland. More information can be found here: https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/yritykset/tuonti-ja-vienti/eu-maat-norja-ja-sveitsi/elaimet/koirat-kissat-ja-fretit/koirien-kissojen-ja- frettien-tuonti-eu-maista-suomeen/

In some cases, it is allowed to import unvaccinated young pets into Finland (up to 12 weeks), as well as animals whose vaccination does not yet meet the requirements (from 12 to 16 weeks). You can find the requirements for animals in these categories on the official website of the Finnish Food Authority.

Pets that come to Finland from countries outside the EU must:

• Be identified with a microchip or tattoo (if it was made before 07/03/2011). It is recommended to have an ISO 11784 microchip that can be recognized by an ISO11785 reader. If your pet's microchip is not up to standard, you must provide a device to read it;

• Have a valid rabies vaccination in accordance with WHO international standards. At the time of the introduction of the vaccine, the pet should already be 12 weeks old;

• If your country is not on the list of countries with a low risk of rabies, you will also need to provide proof of having passed the antibody titer test. The analysis is carried out 30 days after the introduction of the vaccine and should show a result of at least 0.5 IU / ml;

• Get tapeworm treatment within five days before entering Finland (dogs only);

• Have a veterinary certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in the country of export. The certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue;

• The owner of the pet must complete an owner's declaration that certifies the non-commercial purposes of the pet's transportation;

• When entering the EU territory, the owner or authorized person must contact the competent authority for an examination of the pet.

Samples of the veterinary certificate, declaration of the owner, as well as a list of low-risk countries can be found at: https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/yritykset/tuonti-ja-vienti/tuonti-eun-ulkopuolelta/elaimet-ja- elainperaiset-tuotteet/elaimet/koirat-kissat-ja-fretit/lemmikkielaimen-siirto/


In case of non-compliance, your pet may be refused entry into Finland and sent back to the country of export.