Import of Animals to the European Union
The majority of the European Union's (EU) member-states adhere to a common framework for importing animals into the EU. Several member-states, including Germany and Italy, have their own distinct regulations for the import of animals, and are outlined below. These rules are strict, but are reasonably achievable, and if all conditions are met, you shouldn't encounter any significant difficulties at the borders.
When traveling to Europe, you can typically bring no more than five animals along with you. Exceptions to this rule apply in cases where pets are being taken for exhibition purposes in competitions or events. To obtain an import permit, you must provide a registration document confirming your pets' participation in such an event.
An animal passport issued by the European Union (EU) is imperative for traveling to EU member-states with your pet. It includes descriptions and details of your pet, including their microchip and vaccine records.
Customs and Flight
At the airport, upon entry into the European Union (EU), you will be required to complete a veterinary inspection. During this checkpoint, you must present your Veterinary Certificate Form 1 and obtain a corresponding International Veterinary Certificate Form 5a. Furthermore, if you plan to commercially trade animals, you must fulfill the necessary legal documentation for transportation, including a Declaration of Commercial Movement.
A detailed list of requirements for air travel can be found on the official websites or hotlines of the specific airlines in question.
- Some countries impose specific age limitations on pets entering the country. For instance, according to Aeroflot's website, pets must be at least 8 weeks of age to be transported.
- It is acceptable to keep a pet in the cabin as long as they meet the air carrier's requirements. These may include: the pet being held in a secure kennel; 2 pets being housed in the same kennel, provided they are accustomed to living together; and the combined weight of both pets and their kennel not exceeding 8 kg (for Aeroflot).
- If the transportation involves several animals, only one kennel can be carried in the cabin, while the rest must be placed in the aircraft hold. Note that there is a weight limit of 50 kg (for Aeroflot) for a kennel carrying your pet.
- When you are planning to travel with pets, remember to make an application on the airline's official website in advance. You can do so by using the contact details provided on the airline's official website.
- Be mindful that your shipment request needs validation by the air carrier. Once the pet transportation has been confirmed by the airline, the cost should be paid according to the applicable price list. When shipping animals (dogs, birds, cats) via air transportation, it must be done in accordance with the prior agreement between the airline and the traveler.
Additionally, it is important to consider the guidelines for the dimensions, size, and weight of the kennel required for transporting your pet. Particular attention should be paid to the air vents present in the container, as they are essential for providing fresh air to your pet during the journey.