If you’re looking to relocate your pet to Germany, there are a few requirements you’ll need to meet first. While the EU does not impose import requirement as stringent as those of Australia, there are still a few boxes you need to tick before embarking on your journey. Here is everything you will need to import your pet into Germany.

Microchipping and Identification

Your pet needs to be microchipped before flying overseas if they aren’t already. Microchips serve as proof of identity, and are a mandatory requirement in order to obtain an export NOC in India. Your vet can implant this microchip in your pet; the process is quick and painless, the same as their vaccinations.

Your pet should be implanted with the standard, 15-digit, non-encrypted ISO 11784/11785 microchip. As a rabies titer test is also a mandatory before entering Germany, make sure you implant your pet with their chip before or at the same time as their rabies vaccination.

Immunizations and Testing

All pets entering Germany are required to be vaccinated against the rabies virus. You should vaccinate them at the same time or after their microchip has been implanted. Germany accepts one year rabies vaccinations as well as three year ones, provided the boosters have been given in a timely manner.

Once your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, you’ll need to conduct a titer test. A rabies neutralizing antibody test (RNAT), also known as a rabies titer test, checks if your pet’s vaccination was successful and if they have developed an adequate level of antibodies.

Once 30 days have passed after your pet’s rabies vaccination, you can get this test conducted on a blood sample. This sample must be submitted to an EU-approved blood testing lab, and the results must be affixed to the health certificate and wherever else applicable.

Documentation and Paperwork

You will require a health certificate which will be filled in by a licensed vet. The health certificate must be the non-commercial, EU health certificate for Germany. Your pet’s rabies vaccination details must be affixed to this health certificate.

Once you land in Germany, a governmental veterinarian must endorse your certification within 10 days of you landing in the country.

Pets arriving in Germany must not have any zoonotic diseases (communicable from animal to humans). Pets will be screened for the same before entering the country, and if your pet is sick, further tests and examinations will be conducted by an authorized veterinarian. 

Breed-Specific Legislations

Germany deems certain dogs to be aggressive or dangerous and prohibits their import. The following breeds of dog are banned for import into the country:

  • Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier

Any dogs belonging to these breeds, or a cross between two or more of these breeds will not be allowed to enter the country.

An exception to this ban is, if your dog will be in Germany for less than one month/4 weeks, they are excluded from this legislation. Those residing in Federal Lands will also need to check if their breed of dog is permitted, as federal lands have their own lists of dogs they permit.

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