Bringing Pets To


When transporting your pets to Germany, there is an extensive list of requirements to keep track of — that’s where we come in! Countries within the European Union have standard guidelines on what they will need. However, small specifics change with some countries. We help you get all of the paperwork and documentation, but here is a summary of some of what you will need. 

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What to Know Before Moving Dogs and Cats to Germany

Banned Breeds

The EU has banned the following breeds of dog:

  • American Staffordshire.
  • Tosa Inu.
  • Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff)
  • Fila Brasileiro 
  • Pit Bull Terrier

These breeds were deemed unpredictable as they were bred as fighting dogs. The restrictions are meant to keep people and other animals safe from harm.

Germany Import Requirements

Vaccinations, Tests, and Microchips

We keep track of everything you need to complete to get your dog or cat ready for departure and make sure everything gets done on the right timeline. Here are some of the vaccine requirements and testing that they will have to undergo:


Do they need to be microchiped?

All pets will need to be microchipped to enter the EU. It is recommended that your pet will need to be at least eight weeks old to microchip. The microchip must be administered before they receive their rabies vaccination. 

Do they need a rabies shot?

The EU requires that all pets have a current rabies vaccination. Your cat or dog will need to be at least three months old to administer the rabies vaccine. The first time your pet is getting a rabies vaccine, it will need to be given at least 21 days before travel.

What other vaccines do they need?

Recommended vaccinations also include distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, and Hepatitis.

Permits and Paperwork

We will provide an EU Health certificate to be completed by the vet administering vaccinations. You will need a microchip record, rabies certificate, and airline health certificate, all of which will travel with your pet.

Another requirement is a copy of your passport and boarding pass that shows that you will arrive within 5 days of your pet.


As long as you have met all of the requirements, the EU has no quarantine rule when your dog or cat arrives!

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