Changes to pet travel regulations

29.12.2011

<p>The requirements on medication given to prevent the spread of the tapeworm, <em>Echinococcus multilocularis</em>, will change at the beginning of 2012. In future, puppies under three months old imported from EU countries and dogs transported from, for instance, Sweden must be medicated before their arrival in Finland. Dogs imported to Finland must be medicated against <em>Echinococcus multilocularis</em> infection no more than five but no less than one day before their arrival in Finland. Dogs that have a pet passport and travel often may be regularly medicated at intervals of no more than 28 days. In future, Echinococcus multilocularis medication will only be required for dogs; cats need no longer be medicated.</p>

Rabies antibody tests will no longer be required for cats and dogs travelling from Finland to Sweden, the UK, Ireland or Malta. However, all cats, dogs and ferrets travelling to any member state must have been vaccinated against rabies no less than 21 days before their arrival.

Depending on the country of departure of the animal, a pet passport or health certificate signed by a veterinarian, in compliance with the Commission Implementing Regulation of 15 December 2011, must accompany cats, dogs and ferrets.

Further information on the Evira website:
Import of pets from EU countries to Finland, and export of pets from Finland to EU countries http://www.evira.fi/portal/en/animals/import_and_export/eu_member_countries__norway_and_switzerland/dogs__cats_and_ferrets/

Non-commercial import of pets from non-EU countries http://www.evira.fi/portal/en/animals/import_and_export/import_from_non-eu_countries/dogs__cats_and_ferrets/non-commercial_import/

Commercial import of pets from non-EU countries http://www.evira.fi/portal/en/animals/import_and_export/import_from_non-eu_countries/dogs__cats_and_ferrets/commercial_import/

Further information:
EU member states, Norway and Switzerland:
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Helpline for importers and exporters of pets at +358 (0)20 690 991 (open on Mon-Wed from 9.00 am -11.00 am) Tiina-Mari Aro, Senior Veterinary Officer, Evira
Virva Valle, Senior Veterinary Office, Evira

Import of pets from non-EU countries
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Marika Immonen, Senior Veterinary Officer, Evira, tel. +358 400 512 940

Commercial import of pets from non-EU countries
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Tiina Juselius, Senior Veterinary Officer, Evira, tel. +358 50 528 9879

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