Pet Passport Belgium
European Union (EU) regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Belgium from within the EU,
rabies free country or from a
country with a low incidence of rabies.
Belgium 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 the order given:
- Your cat, dog or ferret must have an ISO
pet microchip inserted.
If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you
can bring your own
- Rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days* prior to entry and not more than
the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your pet has been vaccinated before it was fitted with a
microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip
- For pets entering Belgium from a
country with a high incidence of rabies,
a Blood Titer Test administered no sooner than one month 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 Belgium 90 days after the date the blood was
drawn and avoid quarantine. The titer test results
must be endorsed by the Govermental Authority from your country.
This step is not required unless entering Belgium from
a high rabies country.
- A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the bi-lingual
Annex II for Belgium
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are traveling from another country,
endorsement is not required unless your country mandates it.
A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for
endorsement (if applicable).
- 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 pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Belgium.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies or
kittens less than 3 months of age may not enter Belgium unless they
were born and remained in the following countries: Andorra, Austria,
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland,
Ireland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Portugal,
San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands or the United
the owner must present a signed statement attesting that the animal has never left its place of birth and has never been in contact with animals potentially infected with rabies.
Your dog or cat, when entering Belgium for commercial purposes like breeding, rescue or resale, require additional forms and different rules apply.
Returning to Belgium: If you are planning to take
your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and
returning to Belgium, your vet will need to 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
Belgium. 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 Belgium. 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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