Trade of tortoises, amphibians and reptiles from EU-countries, Norway and Switzerland to Finland

Import from EU-countries, Norway and Switzerland does not require an import permit or any other veterinary certificates.

Restriction concerning salamanders:
Transporting salamanders to another member state is banned under a safe-guard measure. However transporting is allowed, if the salamanders are followed by a health certificate issued by an official veterinarian. Prerequisites to issue the health certificate include 1) that the salamanders being transported do not show clinical symptoms of Bsal infection, 2) that the salamanders originate from a population, which does not have a death rate and clinical symptoms resulting from Bsal infection, 3) that the salamanders being transported have been kept in quarantine for at least 6 weeks and 4) that the salamanders have been tested for Bsal infection with negative results or they have been treated for Bsal infection with alternatives mentioned in the safe-guard measure’s attachment.

Bsal is a fungus caused by Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
Valid: 31.12.2019
Link to the Commission’s safe-guard measure:
Link to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s website with all the Commission’s safe-guard measures:

Other relevant legislation

Invasive Non-native Species
The importing, breeding, selling and other possession and releasing to the wild of invasive non-native animal species is prohibited in the EU-area. EU member states have accepted a list of invasive non-native species. Additionally Finland has issued a decree on national invasive species (Valtioneuvoston asetus 1725/2015).

The invasive non-native species relevant to the EU-area and the nationally relevant invasive species can be found here. (In Finnish)

CITES permitting
When importing rare or otherwise endangered species the convention of international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) has to be taken into consideration. The CITES-convention requires an export and import permit or an import notification of some species.

Additional information: Finnish Environment Institute tel. +358295 251 000, cites /files/images/at-merkki/at-merkki.gif : 1Kb or the Institute’s website.

Importation of an animal of foreign origin
According to the Game Administration Act (615/1993, amendment 1711/2015) it is prohibited to import or release to the wild bird or mammal species of foreign origin as well as game animal strains of foreign origin without the permit of the Finnish Wildlife Agency. The same principle also applies to bringing an animal from the Province of Åland to another part of Finland and releasing the animal into the wild there.

The permit can be applied from the Finnish Wildlife Agency. (The permit application is in Finnish)

The permit must be refused if significant harm may be caused by the measure to the natural environment or fauna.