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Netherlands Pet Passport & Regulations

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Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.
1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchipYour pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.

2.

Vaccinations

pet rabies vaccination If your pet is entering the Netherlands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it 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 has not been vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted. Once you have 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 are met.

Dogs must also be vaccinated against distemper.

3.

Blood Titer Test

Blood Titer Test If your pet is entering the Netherlands from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be administered  (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 3 calendar months 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.

Health Certificate

Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of your pet. If this is correct, then the following rules apply:
pet health certificate Traveling to the Netherlands from a country outside of the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If traveling to the Netherlands from a high-rabies country, step 3 will apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex IV form for the Netherlands within 10 days of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)

Traveling to the Netherlands from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An Annex IV form is not required for pets traveling with an EU Pet Passport to the Netherlands.

No matter what country you are entering the Netherlands from, you or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.

The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of your pet OR your pet will be re-homed or ownership of your pet will change. If either of these is correct, then the following rules apply:
Traveling to the Netherlands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the the bi-lingual version of the Annex I form within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex I form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)

- Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at an international airports in Amsterdam and Maastricht. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

- Pets are only permitted to enter the Netherlands from a high-rabies country when they travel with or within 5 days of their owners or a legal representative of their owners.

Traveling to the Netherlands from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- If your pet is traveling to the Netherlands alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.

5.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from the Netherlands

If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to the Netherlands from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system. If you are entering the Netherlands from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.

6.

Entering the Netherlands by Air

airplanePets entering by air from non-EU countries must do so at Border Inspection Posts at international airports in Amsterdam and Maastricht.

Pets may arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo. 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.

7.

Puppies and Kittens

the Netherlands puppy or kitten importUnvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter the Netherlands. No sooner than 12 weeks of age, a microchip must be implanted and a rabies vaccination administered. There is a 21 day wait after the rabies vaccination before a puppy or kitten can travel to the Netherlands from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country. A declaration is necessary stating 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 must wait 30 days after the rabies vaccination to have a Blood Titer Test and can enter the Netherlands 3 calendar months after the date the blood was taken for the test.

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in the Netherlands The Netherlands does not publish a list of banned breeds.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in the Netherlands

export pets from the NetherlandsAll dogs, cats and ferrets leaving the Netherlands must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the Netherlands.  If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the Netherlands if you intend to return

10.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals Currently, birds entering the Netherlands must be quarantined in an approved premise either in the exporting country or in the Netherlands at least 30 days prior to import.

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.

11.

CITIES

CITIES endangered turtleIf 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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations.

12.

Need More Assistance?

CITIES endangered turtleTo the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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