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European Union (EU) Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to the Netherlands from within the EU, from rabies free countries or from a country with a low incidence of rabies. New pet import regulations for the EU in effect on December 29, 2014.

The Netherlands does not quarantine healthy pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) from the above countries having resided there for the preceeding six (6) months  that meet the following requirements in this order:

  1. Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip implanted by your veterinarian. If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
     
  2. Your pet will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days** prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine.  If your dog, cat or ferret was vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
     
  3. For pets entering the Netherlands from a country with a high incidence of rabies, a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than 30 days after rabies vaccination. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter the Netherlands no sooner than 90  days after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the Netherlands from a high rabies country.
     
  4. Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian must then complete the bi-lingual Annex II for the Netherlands for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are entering the Netherlands from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet..
     
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
     
  6. Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Your airlines may also require a health certificate even if your pet is traveling with you in the cabin or as checked baggage. 

This completes a passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter the Netherlands.

Forms and Instructions for taking your pet to the Netherlands

**Once your pet has entered the Netherlands, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.

Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering the Netherlands by air from outside of the EU and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. You must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.

Effective December 29, 2014: If you are intending to sell or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then it must meet the requirements listed above. (Annex I form instead of Annex II form). Additionally, it must be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate. Pets must enter the country through Border Inspection Posts that are approved to clear live animals.

Puppies and kittens: Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age. Animals under the age of 3 months from rabies-free and rabies-controlled countries can enter the Netherlands without a rabies vaccination. A declaration of the owner that the animal stayed in the place in which it was born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection. Puppies and kittens from high-rabies countries cannot enter the Netherlands until they have met the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme at 7 months.

Traveling with more than 5 pets: Effective December 29, 2014: If you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex II form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter the Netherlands through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).

Exporting Pets from the Netherlands: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the Netherlands must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to the Netherlands, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to the Netherlands. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter the Netherlands. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

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The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to the Netherlands. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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