Denmark

Travelling with pet animals

Are you travelling with your pet animal. Read the Danish Veterinary Authorities guideline here before you start your journey.

Pet animals are defined as:

  • Dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Birds (except poultry*)
  • Domestic rabbits and rodents
  • Reptiles and amphibia
  • Invertebrates (except bees and crustaceans)
  • Ornamental tropical fish

* Poultry means fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges and ratites (Ratitae) reared or kept in captivity for breeding, the production of meat or eggs for consumption, or for re-stocking supplies of game.

Travelling with pet animals are defined as:

  • Pet animals of the above mentioned species, which are accompanying their owner during their import to or export from Denmark
  • Pet animals of the above mentioned species, which are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner (equals non-commercial transport)

Accompanied transport
The pet animal must accompany the owner or a natural person responsible for the pet animal on behalf of the owner must accompany during the transport in order to fulfil the requirements for non-commercial transport.
A company specializing in pet air travel, pet shipping and pet transportation services is not considered as an accompanied transport.
If the pet animal is not accompanied by the owner or a natural person responsible for it on behalf of the owner, the animal health requirements for commercial trade pet animals must be fulfilled.
Commercial trade of animals.

Max. 5 dogs, cats or ferret within the EU
As from 27 May 2010 it will only be possible to travel with max. 5 animals of the species dogs, cats or ferrets, also when travelling within the EU.

If you travel with more than five animals of these species the animal health requirements for commerciel movement applies.

Travelling with pet animals from third countries
A total of 5 animals may be imported to the EU Member States from thirds countries (i.e. other countries than EU Member States, except animals from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marina, Switzerland and the Vatican City States).

Are more than five animals imported from third countries the animal health requirement for commercial import applies.

Import from third countries must be notified to the Border Inspection Post
Pet animals imported directly from third countries may enter Denmark through the Border Inspection Post at Copenhagen Airport and Billund Airport.

Pet animals, which originates from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marina, Switzerland and the Vatican City States, may enter Denmark through all border crossings.

At the Border Inspection Post document and identity checks are carried out. If the point of entry is another EU Member State document and identity checks will be carried out in that EU Member State.

At least 24 hours prior to arrival the Border Inspection Post must be notified of the import.

Please see the import requirements under each species.

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Travelling to Denmark

As from 27 May 2010 it will only be possible to travel with max. 5 animals of the species dogs, cats or ferrets, also when travelling within the EU.

If you travel with more than five animals of these species the animal health requirements for commerciel movement applies.

TRAVELLING FROM EU MEMBER STATES TO DENMARK
There are harmonized rules regarding non-commercial transport of dogs, cats and ferrets within EU.
Which countries are EU Member States?

Dogs, cats and ferrets from other EU Member States including Andorra, the Faeroes Island, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and the Vatican City State may enter Denmark through any border crossing as long as the following requirements are fullfilled.

ID, Pet Passport and rabies vaccination
The animal must first have an ID. Either a microchip or a tattoo. Then it must have an EU Pet passport. The passport be issued by a veterinarian and is valid only if it is certified that the animal has been vaccinated againt rabies.

It is very important, that the date of identification is prior to or the same as the first rabies vacciation date, which is entered into the EU Pet passport. If the date of identification is later than the date of the rabies vaccination, the EU Pet passport is not considered valid and the transport is considered illegal.

Valid rabies vaccination
The primary rabies vaccination must be given at least 21 days prior to departure. If the animal already has a rabies vaccination, which is still valid, it is not necessary to redo the vaccination.
If revaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the manufactor of the vaccine departure may take place immediately.

The rabies vaccination is valid in accordance with the recommendations of the manufactor of the vaccine.
If your animal was vaccinated in another EU Member State than the one you are departuring form, make sure to ask the veterinarian about the recommendations of the rabies vaccination used.

So, when travelling to Denmark from EU

  • Microchip or tattoo
  • EU Pet Passport
  • Valid rabies vaccination in accordance with the recommendations of the manufactor of the vaccine

 

TRAVELLING FROM THIRD COUNTRIES TO DENMARK
Third countries means countries other than EU Member States.

Several third countries are listen in Annex 2, Part B, section 2 and Part C to EU Regulation 998/2003/EEC. Dogs, cats and ferrets from these countries may enter Denmark, if they comply with the same requirements as for travelling within the EU, ie. ID (microchip or tattoo, valid rabies vaccination and veterinary certificate.
Countries listed in Annex 2, Part B, section 2 and Part C.

ID, Veterinary Certificate and Rabies vaccination
The animal must first have an ID. Either a microchip or a tattoo. Then it must have a Veterinary Certificate issued by an official veterinarian or an authorised veterinarian (in case of the latter the certificate must be indorsed by an official veterinarian).

It is very important, that the date of identification is prior to or the same as the first rabies vacciation date, which is entered into the Veterinary Certificate. If the date of identification is later than the date of the rabies vaccination the Veterinary Certificate is not considered valid and the transport is considered illegal.

A Veterinary Certificate (for non-commercial transport of dogs, cats and ferrets to the EU from third countries) must accompany the animal upon entering Denmark (or the EU). The certificate may be downloaded from this website (see link to right).

If the country of origin has Pet Passport that certifies the EU requirements, such a Pet Passport may also be used when travelling to Denmark.

The Border Inspectioin Post must be notified prior to Import from third countries
Dogs, cats and ferrets from third countries must enter Denmark through the Border Inspection Posts af either Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup or Billund Airport and not more than 5 pet animals may be imported. Import of pet animals from Andorra, the Faeroes Island, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and the Vatican City State are not required to enter through a Border Inspection Post. Furthermore there is no restriction to the number of imported pet animals.

At the Border Inspection Post the animal will undergo border checks, ie. document and identity checks.
If the point of entry is another EU Member State document and identity checks will be carried out in that EU Member State.
At least 24 hours prior to arrival the Border Inspection Post must be notified of the import.

The following information should be mailed or faxed to the Border Inspection Post of entry:

  • Information on the animal and owner, incl. country of origin
  • Time and date of arrival and flight number

 

Border Inspection Post, Kastrup at Copenhagen Airport
Kystvejen 16
DK-2770 Kastrup
Phone: +45 72 27 64 40
Fax: +45 72 27 64 51
Email: bipcph@fvst.dk
Border Inspection Post, Billund at Billund Airport
Lufthavnvej
DK-7190 Billund
Phone: +45 72 27 69 00
Fax: +45 72 27 56 03
Email: graensekontr.esbjerg@fvst.dk

 

 

So – when travelling from third countries listed in Annex II, Part B, section 2 and Part C

  • Microchip or tattoo (done before the first rabies vaccination)
  • Veterinary certificate or Pet Passport that certifies the requirements
  • Valid rabies vaccination in accordance with the recommendations of the manufactor of the vaccine

Other third countries – not listed in Annex II
Dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from other third countries that are not listed in Annex II to EU Regulation 998/2003/EEC must comply with the requirements mentioned above. In addition a test for rabies antibody level must be taken.
The requirements are:

  • Microchip or tattoo (done before the first rabies vaccination)
  • Veterinary certificate or Pet Passport that certifies the requirements
  • Valid rabies vaccination in accordance with the recommendations of the manufactor of the vaccine
  • A blood sample testing the rabies antibody level – must be drawn at least 30 days after vaccination
  • The blood sample must be examined by an EU authorised laboratories
  • The result of the rabies antibody level test must be at least 0,5 IE/ml
  • The animal can not enter Denmark (the EU) until three (3) months after the date when the blood sample was drawn and only if the result is in accordance with the requirements.
    • This three-month period shall not apply to the re-entry of an EU pet animal whose passport certifies that the titration was carried out, with a positive result, before the animal left the territory of the EU.

The antibody test need not be renewed on a pet animal which has been revaccinated against rabies before the validity of the previous vaccination expires.

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List of banned dog breeds

The prohibition list of 13 dog breeds and cross- breeds hereof
Sections 1 a – b of the Danish Act on Dogs prohibit the keeping and breeding of 13 specified dog breeds, including crossbreeds involving the 13 specified dog breeds.
The provisions prohibit private individuals, including tourists, from bringing the prohibited dogs into Denmark during e.g. a holiday.
Import of the specified dogs, including crossbreeds, into Denmark for commercial purposes is also prohibited.
The following 13 dog breeds and cross-breeds hereof are prohibited in Denmark:
  1. Pitt Bull Terrier
  2. Tosa Inu
  3. American Staffordshire Terrier
  4. Fila Brasileiro
  5. Dogo Argentino
  6. American Bulldog
  7. Boerboel
  8. Kangal
  9. Central Asian Shepherd Dog (ovtcharka)
  10. Caucasian Shepherd Dog (ovtcharka)
  11. South Russian Shepherd Dog (ovtcharka)
  12. Tornjak
  13. Sarplaninac

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Contact
If you are a citizen in Denmark
– and have further questions on travelling with pet animals, please contact your local Veterinary Control Office of the area you live in.

If you are moving to or visiting Denmark
– and have further questions on travelling with pet animals, please contact the local Veterinary Control Office of the area you are moving to or visiting:

Contact information of the Border Inspection Posts in Denmark:
Border Inspection Post, Kastrup at Copenhagen Airport
Kystvejen 16
DK-2770 Kastrup
Phone:+45 72 27 64 40
Fax: +45 72 27 64 51
Email: bipcph@fvst.dk

Border Inspection Post, Billund at Billund Airport
Lufthavnvej
DK-7190 Billund
Phone: +45 72 27 69 00
Fax: +45 72 27 56 03
Email: graensekontr.vejle@fvst.dk
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