Animal imports, exports and intra-community trade

The requirements pertaining to animal imports vary according to species and country of origin.

In general, animal imports from other EU countries (= intra-community trade) are subject to different import requirements from imports from countries outside the EU. The import regulations are also affected by the zoonose situation of the country of origin. With an animal disease outbreak, the import requirements may change at short notice.

Please find links for both commercial and non-commercial intra-community trade of pets in the margin.

The export regulations are always within the jurisdiction of the destination country. If you want to take your pet with you when travelling, information on the export regulations is available from the embassy or veterinary authorities of the destination country.

Importing animals from non-EU countries

For animals imported from non-EU countries, a veterinary border control must always be performed (with certain exceptions). Please find link in the margin for details.

We ask all persons importing animals from third countries for commercial purposes to e-mail the veterinary border inspection post (BIP) at lentoasema evira.fi well before the importation date to ensure that the import conditions are met. We also ask persons to fax the import documents to the numbers +358 9 818 3905 and +358 20 77 24336 to verify their correctness. We also especially ask those importing birds for other than commercial purposes to e-mail the above address because the provisions are complex and in many cases the quarantine requirements and other import conditions prevent importation altogether.

Animals imported for commercial purposes = six or more pets, the pets are to be sold, or pets imported without an accompanying person. Pets here mean the following species: dogs, cats, ferrets, invertebrates including birds (excluding bees and crustaceans), ornamental fish, frogs, reptiles, rodents and tame rabbits. Contacting Evira is also always particularly advisable for all other animals than those listed as pets.Please find links for import of pets both non-commercially and commercially from countries outside EU in the margin.

N.B. Evira has been asked about the import conditions for both exotic pets and ordinary pets from certain countries, but despite considerable upfront payments (even amounting to thousands of euros – there have been several cases) the animal was never received. We are informed that one such country is Cameroon. Before inquiring about the import conditions, we ask persons to ascertain from the seller that the animal for sale actually exists. Commercial imports of dogs, cats and ferrets, birds, hares, rabbits or other rodents from Cameroon are not permitted.

Finnish-language advertisements on Google offering animals for sale should be treated with great caution. The place name given may be a random location in Finland, but on further inspection it turns out that the seller lives abroad.

Veterinary border control for live animals

Dogs, cats and ferrets imported from non-EU countries and travelling without their owner or his representative and which are intended for sale or mediation or similarly for onward movement, or where there are more than five animals, are subject to a veterinary border control.

For other animals, a veterinary border control is required for animals listed in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC annex I concerning animals and products to be subject to controls at border inspection posts.

In practice, checks under the above decision are required for all live animals, and there are no longer any exceptions for animals imported for research purposes, for example. Decree 697/2007 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry applies.

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