Rules on access to the European Union (EU) for dogs, cats and ferrets
The requirements of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 apply to the entry of dogs, cats and ferrets from third countries (so-called third countries) from 29 December 2014. These rules are intended to ensure protection against the introduction and spread of rabies.
The animal health status requirements are essentially based on the rabies situation in both the third country of origin and the Member State of destination in the EU. A maximum of 5 such pets may be transported per person. The animals must not be intended for transfer to a new owner.
By way of exception, the maximum number of 5 pet animals may be exceeded if the animals are transported in order to participate in competitions, events and sporting events or to participate in training courses for such events (for non-commercial purposes). These animals must be at least 6 months old and documentary proof must be provided that they are registered for one of the above events.
In all other cases, the rules for trade in animals apply. Detailed information can be found in the Regulation on the intra-Community movement, import and transit of live animals and products (Regulation on disease control).
In Germany, the various Regions (the highest veterinary authorities in the Region) are responsible for the implementation and supervision of this EU Regulation.