Import of dog and ferret puppies and kittens from e.g. EEA-, EFTA- and Schengen-countries to Finland
These requirements concern the import of dogs and ferret puppies and kittens from the following third countries outside the EU: Andorra, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican to Finland.
These requirements concern only pets who accompany their owner or person responsible for them on behalf of the owner and who are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner.
If the animal travels alone or an owner is travelling with more than five animals, please also see page More information about travelling, animals travelling without their owner, maximum number of animals.
The animal must be identified by a microchip or clearly readable tattoo. The microchip has to comply with the ISO 11784 standard and it has to utilize HDX or FDX-B technology. The microchip can be read with a microchip reader complying with the ISO 11785 standard. If the microchip does not comply with the standard requirements, the importer has to provide a microchip reader capable of reading the microchip. As of 3 July 2011 only a microchip will be approved as identification. Tattooing is accepted as a method of identification if it is done before 3 July 2011. As of 3 July 2011 the animal, which bears a clearly readable tattoo, has to be accompanied by proof that the tattooing was done before 3 July 2011.
The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination.
2. Vaccination against rabies
The import of unvaccinated puppies and kittens from third countries outside the EU to Finland is forbidden.
Starting from 29th December 2014, puppies and kittens under the age of 12 weeks are not to be vaccinated. This only applies to puppies and kittens of the following species: dogs, cats and ferrets. The puppy or kitten must be at least 12 weeks old on the day of the primary vaccination against rabies. If for one reason or another the animal has been vaccinated against rabies once as a puppy or kitten under the age of 12 weeks, the animal must be vaccinated again before travelling. In that case after the vaccination a statutory 21 day waiting period must also be fulfilled before travelling. This rule applies regardless of if the animal has been born and vaccinated in Finland or in another country.
The animal must be vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine of at least one antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard).
The rabies vaccination and revaccination, if necessary, must be carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturing laboratory. The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination. The vaccination must be carried out at least 21 days before import. If a vaccine has a divergent beginning of protective immunity the period of validity of the vaccination starts from the establishment of protective immunity, which shall not be less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for the primary vaccination. Information of the vaccine (name, manufacturer, batch number) and the vaccination date, the valid from date and the valid until date are filled in the pet passport.
3. Echinococcus treatment
The treatment is an appropriate dosage of medicine containing praziquantel or epsiprantel against tapeworm causing echinococcosis approved for the species concerned. The treatment is administered abroad 1-5 days prior to entering Finland. A veterinarian in a country outside of Finland marks the administered treatment in the pet passport. The treatment can no longer be administered at the border just before crossing.
The anti-echinococcus treatment is not required of cats or ferrets. No anti-echinococcus treatment is required of dogs travelling to Finland directly from Norway.
4. Third country pet passport
Pets arriving from Andorra, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican require a third country pet passport. The model for the pet passport can be found in the implementing regulation 577/2013 part 3 of annex III. The pet passports of other third countries are not acceptable identification documents.
The animal must be accompanied by a third country pet passport carrying the identification information on the animal and an entry by the veterinarian concerning a valid rabies vaccination, clinical examination and echinococcus treatment when necessary (parts I-V, X and VII when necessary).