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Croatia Pet Passport & Regulations

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1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchipTo enter Croatia, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that has 15 digits and is 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 Croatia from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after a microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. Puppies and kittens may not be vaccinated for rabies before turning 12 weeks of age.

If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will need to be revaccinated after a chip is implanted. Once you have entered Croatia, 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 should also be vaccinated against canine distemper.

3.

Blood Titer Test

Blood Titer Test If your pet is entering Croatia 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 by a licensed veterinarian.  (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results are within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Croatia no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn. This step is not required unless entering Croatia 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 Croatia from a country outside of the EU:

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

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex IV form for Croatia 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 Croatia 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 Croatia.

No matter what country you are entering Croatia 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 Croatia 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 Larnaka or Pafos International Airports. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

- Pets are only permitted to enter Croatia 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 Croatia from another EU Member State:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- If your pet is traveling to Croatia 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 Croatia

If you are traveling to Croatia 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 in your country that regulates the import and export of animals. An agent should handle the transport.

If you are entering Croatia 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.If you are traveling to Croatia from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system.

6.

Entering Croatia by Air

airplaneUnless you are entering Croatia with or within 5 days of your pet from the following countries (Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Vatican City), your pet must enter Croatia by air at Larnaka or Pafos International Airports.

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

7.

Puppies and Kittens

Croatia puppy or kitten import Animals coming from EU countries, or rabies-controlled countries outside the EU, that are under three months of age and have not been vaccinated can be imported into the territory of the Republic of Croatia if the owner or accompanier holds a valid passport or certificate and if the animals have been living in the same place since birth and have not been in contact with wild animals which may have been exposed to infections, or are travelling with their mother on whom they are still dependent.

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Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Croatia All bull terrier-type dogs and their crosses (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier) which do not possess a pedigree issued by the Kennel Club of one of the member countries of the International Canine Organizations (FCI) will not be permitted entry to Croatia. The transit, entry and temporary stay is forbidden for all the bull-type terriers not registered with the FCI, and also for all their hybrids (cross bred) types.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in Croatia

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

 

10.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles 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 Croatia. 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 turtle 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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .

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Need More Assistance?

Have a question?To 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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