If you plan to bring a pet to the Netherlands, here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Your pet must be examined by your veterinarian before you travel.
  • In addition to a health certificate, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to the departure date.
  • Some pets also require a blood test to confirm the vaccination. Check for more information click here.) 
  • Pets traveling to the Netherlands must have an electronic microchip implanted in them. A number is issued and all details stored in a European database, so that it is easier for authorities to identify pets and their owners.
  • It is recommended that you allow at least a 6-9 month waiting period to arrange for your pet's paperwork. 

The EU Dierenpaspoort (EU Pet Passport) is required for all dogs, cats and ferrets who travel abroad with their owners. If you wish to bring an animal to the Netherlands, you must obtain a pet passport from your veterinarian. This document contains the following information: 

  • Statement from your vet that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies;
  • Description of pet, including its breed;
  • Sex;
  • Age;
  • Color;
  • Type of fur and marks;
  • Microchip number;
  • Name of owner.





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