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Importing pet rodents

Pets are:
  • Animals that are not to be sold or change owners once they have been brought to Sweden.
  • Animals that travel with the owner or owner´s representative
  • Animals that are not transported as freight with or without the owner or owner´s representative
The animals must have been born and raised in captivity, as it is not allowed to keep wild-captured animals as pets in Sweden.

Import rules can be changed if, for example, the risk of spreading infectious animal diseases requires so.

If you want to bring more than five small rodents they do not count as pets, and other rules apply.
 

These species count as small rodents


Mice, rats, guinea-pigs, golden hamsters, chinchillas, and gerbils are small rodents.
 

Some species are protected


Species may be comprised by the Ordinance on the protection of species. The Ordinance is intended to protect European species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade and possession of such species.
 

Importing a few animals


Imports from EU countries as well as Andorra, Faroe Islands, Norway and Switzerland


You may bring small rodents, provided that you have a maximum of five animals and that they travel with you or your representative.

Imports from non-EU countries except Andorra, Faroe Islands, Norway and Switzerland


You may bring small rodents, provided that you have a maximum of five animals and that they travel with you or your representative.

Small rodents from non-EU countries may only be brought to Sweden through border inspection posts at Stockholm-Arlanda or Gothenburg-Landvetter.
When the animals cross the border, you need to report to Customs. 

If the animals' species is uncertain


If there is doubt about the species of the animals, Customs may call on an expert appointed by the Board of Agriculture. This is paid for by the person bringing the animals into Sweden.
 

You are responsible for complying with the rules


The person who brings animals to Sweden is responsible for complying with the import rules. If you do not follow the rules, the import may be prevented, or the animals may be killed at the border. You also need to find out in advance whether or not you are allowed to keep the animals in Sweden without special permission. 
Last updated: 2011-01-31