What Pet Travel Documents Are Needed to Travel to Switzerland?
Unlike many countries, Switzerland allows pets arriving from outside the country to travel in-cabin, as checked baggage, or as consigned cargo.
Each country around the world has their own regulations and requirements for importing pets when you move to or visit their country. These rules differ, depending on where you live now, sometimes for political reasons (such as European Union membership) but mostly due to international concerns about rabies.
Pet Travel Documents & Requirements
If you and your cat, dog, or ferret now live in an EU country, your pet will need an up-to-date EU Pet Passport but not any other documentation to enter Switzerland. That’s unless you live in the UK. If there is no clear Brexit resolution by October 31, 2019, after that date the EU may consider the United Kingdom as an “unlisted” country. That’s the same as if you’re coming to a place where rabies is a serious problem, and that means your pet will have to meet additional health requirements. Meanwhile, this site can help you understand what’s needed right now to take British pets abroad.
If you now live in a non-EU country, you will have to follow certain steps and obtain specific documents to bring your pet to Switzerland. You can read more details here, but the information below provides everything most pet parents need. It is most important that you follow the rules exactly. Pets who have incomplete or missing documentation can be sent back home, sent to quarantine, or in the worst case, euthanized.
If your pet will not be traveling with you, you will need to sign a consent form for the person who will accompany or be authorized to transport your pet.
Dogs, cats, and ferrets must meet the following requirements if they will be entering Switzerland with you or within 5 days before or after you arrive. If the timing separation will be more than that, your pet will need a “commercial” health certificate. The easiest way to deal with that is to give us a call and let our Starwood pet transport experts handle the details for you. Most pet parents find that is the easiest solution under any circumstances.
Each pet will need a non-commercial EU health certificate. It must be filled out and signed by an accredited veterinarian. (Accredited by the USDA if you’re coming from the US.) The form must then be endorsed (counter-signed and stamped or embossed) by the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer for your state. Both signatures must be in original ink.
This document must be completed within 10 days of your pet’s entry into Switzerland.
As long as you’re importing 5 or fewer pets, and as long as their arrival is within the 10-day window noted above, you won’t need an import permit. If you’re a UK resident and the EU does switch to considering UK “unlisted,” you will need an import permit after all.
Cats and dogs must be immunized against rabies prior to travel; they must be at least 90 days old at time of immunization. A three-year rabies vaccine is acceptable. All vaccines must be inactivated or recombinant, approved for use in dogs/cats, and valid at time of transport
Pets must also undergo a Rabies Antibody Titer Test, a blood test that confirms their rabies vaccine is working properly, with passing result (>/= 0.50 IU/mL). There is a mandatory 180 day waiting period before your pet can travel after the RNATT blood sampling. All civilian Rabies Testing must be completed at The Rabies Laboratory at Kansas State University. Results from the lab must be in English, on the lab’s letterhead, and accompany the RNAT test declaration – signed by your vet.
Besides rabies vaccination, Switzerland does not require other immunizations, but it’s a good idea to make sure your pet is vaccinated against common pests and diseases found in Switzerland. You can ask your new vet about this after you arrive. Learn more about the rabies vaccinations above.
Switzerland does not require tapeworm treat for pets coming into the country.
Switzerland does not require additional blood tests to import pets.
Photo of Pet
Of course everyone would love to see a picture of your pet! But you’re not required to provide one as part of moving to Switzerland process.