Importing pets into Germany

New animal-health regulations for pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) were introduced in the European Community on 1 October, 2004. The new regulations aim to prevent the introduction and spread of rabies.

The import-requirements vary according to the departure country and the intended destination inside the EU.

Each person can only import a maximum of five animals.

The animal must not be intended for commercial sale.

To ensure that there are no problems on entry, every pet from a non European Union country must be

  • clearly identifiable by microchip (or until 2 July 2011 a readable tattoo), 
  • properly vaccinated against rabies
  • Accompanied by a veterinary inspector's certificate in which the microchip or tattoo number has been entered. In addition, vaccination certificates and in some cases blood-test details must be carried.

An official veterinary certificate can be obtained in Taiwan through the offices of the Bureau of Animal and Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ). Their contact information can be found on the following websites:

for Keelung

for Hsinchu

for Taichung

for Kaohsiung

If you are arriving from a countrywhere rabies occurs or where the epidemic status is unknown (e.g. Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Thailand, India, etc ;),

  • a blood test (rabies antibody test) must be carried out by  an EC-approved laboratory,
  • a three-month waiting period must be observed from the date of the blood test until entry into Germany.

When importing dogs, there is a strict law restricting the introduction or importing of dangerous dogs into Germany and must be observed. This law bans the introduction or importation into Germany of pit-bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, bull terriers and hybrids resulting from interbreeding or crossbreeding these breeds with other dogs. The ban also applies to other breeds that are considered dangerous according to regional regulations. Please contact the local Ordnungsamt (town clerk's office) before importing the dog.

Information by German customs on dangerous dogs

To avoid delays in passenger traffic or impounding of the animal, the following dogs are exempted from the import and introduction ban:

  • dangerous dogs brought in by persons who are staying in Germany for up to four weeks
  • dangerous dogs originally from Germany which are being re-imported from abroad,
  • service dogs and companion dogs for handicapped people, if the dog's owner has the documents required for checking the animals ( pedigree, vaccination certificate, Wesenstestbescheinigung (Certificate documenting a test of the dog's temperament/character) and other relevant documents.

Please also contact your airline/shipping agent for information about their specific regulations. 

Additional information
Website of Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) in English

German Customs Service

Veterinarian border inspection point at Frankfurt airport 

List of veterinarian border inspection points in Germany