Commercial import of Rabbits, hares and rodents

Please note. You can find Finnish national legislation at Finlex and EU legislation at EUR-Lex links on the right margin. Guidance for searching decisions of the EU legislation you can find here.

Imports are commercial if hares or rabbits are brought into Finland without an accompanying person (generally this will mean animals that are air freighted without there being an accompanying person in the same aircraft), or are to be sold, or the ownership is changed..

Hares and rabbits may be imported commercially from those third countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II of Commission Regulation 206/2010 from which imports of fresh meat into the EU are permitted.

In accordance with Article 9 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC, hares and rabbits may be imported provided that the

  • Animals are from a holding where has not been outbreak or suspicion of rabies in the preceding month and that in the month preceding importation the animals have not been in contact with animals found or suspected to have contracted rabies.
  • No animals at the holding of origin of the hares or rabbits must have displayed clinical symptoms of myxomatosis.
  • There are no restrictions set by the authorities at the holding of origin
  • The animals must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate stating that 24 hours prior to the dispatch of the animals, a veterinarian approved by the competent authority in the exporting country has conducted a clinical inspection and found the animals to be in good health and fit to be transported to their final destination. The original certificate must accompany the animal to an approved veterinary border inspection post.

Hares and rabbits may be imported from third countries other than those listed in Part 1 of Annex II of Commission Regulation 206/2010 only if permission has been granted by the Finnish Food Safety Authority. 

Commercial import requirements for rodents (including animals imported for research purposes)

Rodents may be commercially imported from those third countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II of Commission Regulation 206/2010 from which imports of fresh meat into the EU are permitted. 

Rodents may be imported from third countries other than those listed in Part 1 of Annex II of Commission Regulation 206/2010 only if permission has been granted by the Finnish Food Safety Authority.

The animals must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate stating that, 24 hours prior to the dispatch of the animals, a veterinarian approved by the competent authority in the exporting country has conducted a clinical inspection and found the animals to be in good health and fit to be transported to their final destination. The original certificate must accompany the animal to the approved veterinary border inspection post.

CITES and safeguard measures

The owner must always find out the CITES-requirements before import. The safeguard measures must be followed, and 18.1.2016 there is one measure in force: 2003/459/EC concerning import of rodents and squirrels from Africa and prairie dogs from USA. Please find links on the right column.

As your pets travel without anybody escorting them, pets shall undergo a chargeable veterinary border inspection.

Travelling via other EU-country

If you or your pets travel via any other EU–country, please check the import conditions from the authorities of the country you arrive first. Contact details of Border Inspection Posts of other EU-countries are found on the right.

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