Dogs, cats and ferrets that travel to or within the EU must be identity marked with a microchip. Please observe that chips of ISO-standard must be used in order to avoid bringing your own scanner.
An animal that has been tattooed before 3 July 2011 and has a passport or a veterinary certificate where the date of marking is stated will however not need to be microchipped.
Please make sure your animal is identity marked before you proceed with vaccination and titre testing.
Vaccination against rabies
Dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination must be preceded by identity marking as described above. The animal must be vaccinated according to the vaccine producer´s recommendations. Most vaccines may not be used until the animal is three months of age.
After the primary vaccination, the animal must not travel until at least 21 days have passed (e.g vaccinated on January 1 = travel at the earliest on January 22). If the producer of the vaccine states that primary vaccination consists of two shots, the animal cannot travel until 21 days after the second vaccination (e.g vaccinated on January 1 and February 1= travel at the earliest on February 22).
Revaccination must be done according to the scheme which the producer of the vaccine recommends. The last date of revaccination is stated in the passport. There is no waiting period after a revaccination, provided it is given on time. But if it is delayed, another waiting period of 21 days must pass before the animal is allowed to travel.
After the primary vaccination, revaccination must be done according to the recommended scheme. The last date of revaccination is stated in the passport or the vaccination certificate. If revaccination is delayed beyond the last date of revaccination, the delayed revaccination will count as a new primary vaccination. A new 21 days waiting period will then also apply before travelling is allowed again.
If your animal has been vaccinated but is not identity marked, you will have to have it microchipped and then revaccinated against rabies. The revaccination will in this case count as a primary vaccination.
Certificate for up to five pets
If you are bringing one to five pet dogs, cats and/or ferrets that travel with you either in a car, train or boat, or in a plane as your personal luggage or as freight on the same flight, you need a veterinary certificate on the form E9.163. The same goes if you let a representative accompany the animal during the travel.
The certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian, i.e a veterinarian employed by the state to issue export certificates (these veterinarians have different titles in different countries). You bring the vaccination certificates to the veterinarian along with your pet. The vaccination certificates are then stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped on all sides. The certificate is valid for four months or until the animal needs to be revaccinated against rabies, whichever comes first. The certificate must be issued within 10 days prior to entry into the EU.
You can order the form via the link to the right. If the animal travels alone as freight without an accompanying person, is to be sold or otherwise change owner, or if it travels in a group of six or more animals, there are other requirements, see more below.
If you travel from EU to a listed third country and back with one to five dogs, cats and/or ferrets that have EU pet passports and do not qualify as trade animals, you only need to show the passport(-s) with identity number and a valid rabies vaccination when you return. No veterinary certificate is needed.
Examination and certificate for pets in groups of six or more animals
Dogs, cats and ferrets that travel in groups of six or more animals (regardless of species, could be e.g four dogs and two cats) must be examined by a veterinarian within 24 hours before beginning the travel, and they need a veterinary certificate on form E9.164. The certificate is needed even if the animals originate from EU and have passports. The certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian, i.e a veterinarian employed by the state to issue export certificates (these veterinarians have different titles in different countries).
Preferably, you book a time with the official veterinarian within 24 hours before you leave, and ask for both the examination and the certificate. You bring the vaccination certificates to the veterinarian along with your pet. The vaccination certificates are then stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped on all sides.
You order the form E9.164 via the link to the right. It is the same form which is used for trade animals, but when used for animals travelling in a group it has a longer validity than for trade animals. From the date of issuing, the certificate is valid for four months or until one of the animals must be revaccinated against rabies, whichever comes first. If any of the animals must be revaccinated before four months have passed and you want to travel more, you need to get a new certificate.
If two or more persons travel together with six or more pets, the pets may be divided into one group of five per each person. If none of the person ends up with more than five pets, neither the examination nor the group certificate is needed.
Examination and certificate for trade and freight animals
Dogs, cats and ferrets that are to be sold or change owner after their arrival in Sweden as well as animals travelling as freight without the owner or an accompanying representative must all be examined by a veterinarian within 24 hours before beginning the travel, and they need a veterinary certificate on form E9.164.
The certificate is needed even if the animals originate from EU and have passports. The certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian, i.e a veterinarian employed by the state to issue export certificates (these veterinarians have different titles in different countries).
Entering from outside EU directly to Sweden
Entry points: Stockholm/Arlanda and Gothenburg/Landvetter
Animals from countries outside EU must enter the EU via an approved entry point. For animals entering Sweden directly from a country outside EU, there are two entry points: Stockholm/Arlanda airport and Gothenburg/Landvetter airport.
Border inspection control of trade animals and groups of more than five pets
The animals which according to information above need the E9.164 certificate must go through border inspection control upon arrival in Sweden. The control may be performed on either of the border inspection posts on Arlanda or Landvetter airport. You will be charged a fee for the inspection. The fee is lower during work hours on week days. You must contact the border inspection post and book a time for the control at least one working day before arrival. Contact information to the border inspection posts is found to the right.
Customs control of pet animals
One to five dogs, cats or ferrets that travel as personal luggage and are not intended for trade will be checked by customs upon entry. They animal must be presented to customs at Red Point and you must show the passport and/or the veterinary certificate.
Entry via another EU country
Animals that have entered EU via another country and have gone through necessary controls may enter Sweden via the route of choice, provided that proof can be shown that the animals have passed the controls (stamp from the controlling authority or a common veterinary entry document from border inspection control). A list of approved entry points in the EU is found to the right.
Dogs that stay permanently must be registered
If you have brought a foreign dog to Sweden to stay permanently, it must be registered in the central dog register. Please ask your local veterinarian for help to get the dog registered.