Bringing a dog from an EU country
Below you can read more about:
1- From which countries do the requirements apply?
2- Under what circumstances do these requirements apply?
3- Requirements for bringing a dog, cat, or ferret that is not being sold
4- Special requirements for animals traveling without their owner
5- Special requirements for six or more animals traveling in a group
1. From which countries do the requirements apply?
There are common requirements for traveling with dogs within the EU. The same requirements apply to travel to the EU from certain third countries in close relationship with the EU. In this text, those countries are referred to as EU-related countries. A list of the EU countries and the EU-related countries can be found below More information.
Please note that there are special requirements for traveling with dogs from Norway to Sweden. Norwegian dogs must have an ID mark and an EU passport. No rabies vaccination or special documents are required. Therefore, there is no lower age limit for when dogs born in Norway can be brought to Sweden.
2. Under what circumstances do these requirements apply?
The requirements apply when up to five dogs travel to Sweden with their owner or his representative. They also apply to animals moving to Sweden with their owner.
You, as the owner, buy an animal from Spain for your own company. You travel to Spain to complete the purchase and then travel directly back to Sweden with your animal. In this case, the animals travel as a pet.
You, as the owner, buy an animal from Spain for your own company. The seller of the animal will meet you in Denmark to hand over the animal. You go to Denmark, complete the purchase and then return the animal to Sweden. In this case, the animal must meet the trade requirements.
You, as the owner, buy an animal from Spain for your own company. You and a friend of yours travel to Spain to complete the purchase. You leave for Sweden earlier than your friend who later also takes the animal back to Sweden. In the event that the friend travels within five days of your own trip and has a pet owner's statement and a copy of your trip or ticket, they will travel as a pet. If the pet does not travel with these documents, or if the friends travel more than five days later than you, the animal must meet the conditions of trade.
3. Requirements for bringing a dog, cat, or ferret that is not being sold
You must start with the ID of the animal with an ISO microchip. However, if your animal was tattooed before July 3, 2011, it is not necessary to chip. If the animal is checked at the border and the ID number cannot be read, the animal can be rejected. The animal must have a valid rabies vaccination Primary vaccination.
The animal must have a valid rabies vaccination. The very first vaccination to build up the defense is called a primary vaccination and consists of one or two shots. The animal must be identified and at least 12 weeks old to receive its primary vaccination. The identification must be applied before the rabies vaccine is administered for the vaccination to be valid. If the animal already has an identification, the identification should be read before the vaccine is administered. It must show in the pet passport that the identification or reading happened on the same day as the vaccination at the latest. The vaccination should be administered with an approved vaccine according to the requirements of Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013. Note that the administered vaccine must be approved in the country of origin and therefore it may have different validity periods in different countries.
After the primary vaccination, you must wait 21 days before traveling with your animal.
Example: vaccination with one injection on January 1 = the animal is allowed to travel on January 22.
Example: vaccination with two shots on January 1 and February 1 = the animal is allowed to travel on February 22.
If you want to travel with your animal more than once, you should regularly vaccinate your animal again. How often your animal needs to be vaccinated again varies between the vaccine brand and how it is registered in different countries. When the animal has been vaccinated, the veterinarian will fill in the data in the passport and record the period of validity registered in the country where the vaccination is given. You must follow the revaccination intervals registered in the passport, which means that you must have the animal revaccinated no later than the last validity stated in the passport. If the animal is vaccinated within the validity period, the 21 day waiting period between vaccination and travel does not apply.
If an animal is revaccinated after the last validity date of the last rabies vaccination, the revaccination is equivalent to a primary vaccination. In this case, a new waiting period of 21 days applies before the animal is allowed to travel again.
The animal must have an EU pet passport
The animal must have an EU passport where the vet records all treatments.
Dogs must be reported to customs when crossing the border
Dogs must enter Sweden at a customs station, where you must notify a customs officer that you are taking a pet animal.
4. Special requirements for pets traveling without their owner
The animal travels to the same destination within five days of the owner's journey
If you and your pet are traveling to the same place but cannot travel together, you must book your pet's trip within five days before or after your own trip. The animal must be accompanied by the following three documents: EU passport with ID number and valid rabies vaccination.
An owner's statement with your permission to your representative or to the transport company / agent, which authorizes the transportation of your animal (state name and ID number) without commercial purposes.
Copies of your own ticket or booking to clarify when and where you are traveling.
The animal travels more than five days before or after the owner or independently of the owner
If your animal needs to travel more than five days before or after your trip or without traveling, it must meet commercial animal requirements.
5. Special requirements for more than five animals traveling in a group
Travel for shows, competitions or sporting events or training for such events
Are you traveling with more than five animals older than six months who are going to participate in a show, competition or sporting event or train for such an event? You must then bring:
EU passports proving that the animals have an ID mark and have been vaccinated against rabies.
Written evidence that the animals have been registered to participate in the event or that they have been registered in an organization organizing such events.
Valid documents may consist of a show or event participant catalog or a pedigree issued by a dog or cat organization that organizes shows or competitions, provided the animal's ID number is provided.
More than five animals that do not travel for shows, competitions or sporting events or training for such events
If you are traveling with more than five animals not participating in a show, competition or sporting event or not training for such an event, the animals must meet the requirements for commercial animals. The same requirements apply to those animals in the group that are less than six months old.