You need an import permit
You need to apply for an import permit if
- you live in Sweden and intend to buy a puppy, kitten or ferret puppy abroad
- you are moving to Sweden with a puppy, kitten or ferret puppy which you have bred yourself
- you are moving to Sweden with a puppy, kitten or ferret puppy which you intend to buy and bring along
- you have bought a puppy, kitten or puppy ferret abroad and shall travel with the animal through Sweden to your home country
The Board of Agriculture issues permits to animals younger than three months old (90 days of age) brought from rabies free countries to stay permanently in Sweden. Please see the list of rabies free countries to the right. Permits are only issued for animals which have stayed with the breeder since birth without contact with other animals. You will not be granted a permit for an animal bought in a pet shop or from a rescue organisation, neither for bringing an animal with you on vacation in Sweden.
The rules about bringing a puppy, kitten or ferret puppy to Sweden do not apply if
- you bring the animal after it has reached 90 days of age
- the animal is bred in a country which is not free from rabies
If the animal is older than 90 days or comes from a country that is not free from rabies, you have to comply with the ordinary requirements for importing animals to Sweden. To prepare your animal according to these rules take time. As a consequence, an animal from an EU member state or a listed country outside the EU will have reached at least four months of age before you can bring it to Sweden. An animal from a non-listed country outside the EU will have reached at least seven months of age before it has fulfilled the requirements.
How to apply
Any person over 15 years of age who wants to buy a pup, kitten or ferret pup and bring to Sweden can apply for a permit. There can be only one name on the permit.
The fee for an application is 900 SEK, which you pay to the Swedish Board of Agriculture bank giro account 56 93-24 86, IBAN: SE9212000000012810104360, SWIFT: DABASESX. Mark the payment with 10508. Once your application has been registered by the Board, you will not get refunded if you for some reason would like to withdraw it.
The following three documents must be sent to the Board:
1. An application with
- The applicant´s name, address, phone number, e-mail address ( if existing) and signature
- The breeder´s name, address, phone number and, if existing, e-mail and web page address
- The animal´s species, breed, date of birth and microchip number
You can download or order the forms for application and breeder certificate to the right. You can enter five animals on each form.
2. A signed certificate from the breeder stating that the animal was born at his/her residence and has stayed there without contact with other animals since birth and will do so until delivery. The date of birth and microchip number must be given on the breeder certificate. The breeder can scan the signed certificate and e-mail it to you so you can add it to your application.
3. The receipt concerning your payment of the 900 SEK application fee to the Board.
Post your application to:
The Swedish Board of Agriculture
Enheten för sällskapsdjur
SE-551 82 Jönköping, Sweden
You can also choose to fax your application to +46 36-19 05 46 or to scan and e-mail it to email@example.com
How long does it take to get a permit?
The application cannot be handled until you have sent in all the data, including the microchip number. Once all the data is available to the Board, you will have an answer within 15 days.
We recommend you not to book your travel until you have heard from us. Considering that most puppies are not microchip marked until approximately 7 weeks old, you can expect to have your permit when the pup is about 9½-10 weeks old. As kittens are normally not delivered until 12 weeks of age, i.e 84 days old, you only have 6 days to bring the kitten to Sweden. Please plan thoroughly!
Preparing the animal
These are the basic requirements for all puppies, kittens and ferret puppies:
- Microchip and right age. The animal must be marked with a microchip of ISO-standard (rabies vaccination or deworming is not required). The animal must not be older than 90 days of age upon entry.
- Pet passport/veterinary certificate. Animals brought from EU need a pet passport where the microchip number is noted by a veterinarian. Animals from a country outside EU need a veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian on the form E9.163. You find the form to the right.
- Import permit. The animal must be accompanied by the import permit issued by the Board as described above.
These are the additional requirements for trade and freight animals and groups of more than five pets:
The following animals must be examined by a veterinarian within 24 hours before departure, and the examination must be noted by the veterinarian in the pet passport. If the animal has a veterinary certificate the examination must be noted in that document aswell.
- Trade animals, i.e animals that are to be sold or change owner in Sweden, and animals travelling as freight with separate travelling documents (i.e not in the cabin or as excess personal luggage)
- Six or more dogs, cats or ferrets travelling as pets with their owner or his/her representative.
The following animals need a veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian:
- Animals from the EU. Trade animals, freight animals and animals in groups of six or more need a pet passport and a veterinary certificate on form E9.162. You find the form to the right.
- Animals from non-EU countries. Trade animals, freight animals and animals in groups of six or more need a veterinary certificate on form E9.164, which replaces E9.163. You find the form to the right.
Preferably, you find an official veterinarian and ask to have the examination and the certificate done on the same time within 24 hours before departure. An official veterinarian is a title used for veterinarians which are employed by the state to issue export documents.
Preparing the trip
Here is some information about how to prepare your trip:
The animal must be collected at the breeder and brought directly to Sweden. You may use the route of your choice. If you go by car, please observe that there are many European countries that do not allow you to travel through with an animal that is not vaccinated against rabies. Hence, you must avoid those countries.
Animals travelling directly from countries outside the EU must be booked to Arlanda airport or Landvetter airport, while animals from the EU may enter via any customs inspection point. Animals travelling by air may make an intermediate stop in another country provided that they do not leave the airport.
You may however book your animal to Kastrup airport in Denmark and go directly over the Öresund Bridge by car or train. In that case, you need to contact the Kastrup BIP at least one working day in advance on phone number +45 32 46 00 99, or fax +45 32 45 19 91 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customs control and border inspection control
- 1-5 pets from EU or non-EU countries: If you bring 1-5 pet animals from the EU or from countries outside the EU, you must report to customs at Red Point when you arrive in Sweden. You must show all documents to the staff. Copies are not allowed.
- Trade animals, freight animals and animals in groups of six or more from countries outside theEU must go through border inspection upon entry into the EU. You will be charged a fee for the control. The fee is lower during office hours. You must book a time for control by contacting the veterinarian at the border inspection post (BIP) at least one working day in advance. In Sweden you must enter either via the BIP on Arlanda airport in Stockholm: phone number +46 8-597 852 10, fax: +48 8-597 852 11, or via the BIP on Landvetter airport in Gothenburg: phone number +46 70-230 10 44. You must also report to customs at Red Point after the border inspection control. You must show all documents to the staff. Copies are not allowed.
If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service; phone +46 771 223 223 (service hours 8.00-16.30) or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please observe that you cannot get information on beforehand whether you will be granted a permit or not.