Moving pets

If you enter the European Union from a third country with your pet (dog, cat, ferret or other animal) and are transporting it for non-commercial purposes, the animal must:


  • be marked with a microchip
  • vaccinated against rabies
  • have been tested for rabies antibodies, and all the information must appear on the animal’s health certificate

When entering with pet birds, please make sure:

1. They meet one of the following conditions:

  • they have been isolated for 30 days prior to departure at the place of export in the third country
  • the birds have been vaccinated and re-vaccinated at least once against avian influenza of subtypes H5 and H7 with a vaccine approved for the species concerned, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, within the last six months and not later than 60 days before dispatch from the third country
  • the birds have been isolated and tested for avian influenza H5 and H7 antigens or genomes for at least 10 days prior to export


2. The birds are identifiable (must have an individual number that allows the origin of the bird to be determined), the identification system (e.g. clip, ring, microchip, transponder, ear tag) must also be specified.


3. Are accompanied by a veterinary certificate following the requirements of the European Union or is accompanied by a written declaration from the owner that the movement of the bird to the European Union is for non-commercial purposes.


Customs controls will check the animal’s documents and identity to make sure it meets the requirements. If the animal does not meet the requirements, it may be returned to the country of origin or quarantined under official supervision until the health requirements are met. In case of non-compliance, the cost of quarantine must be borne by the owner of the animal. If the animal cannot be returned or quarantined and poses a risk to the public, it can be euthanised without financial compensation.

  • Make sure in advance that the third country from which you intend to import birds into Latvia is on the list of countries from which birds are allowed to be imported.
  • Birds imported from Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Vatican City are subject to the same requirements as birds imported from EU countries.
State Revenue Service Customs
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State Revenue Service Customs
Food and Veterinary Service
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Food and Veterinary Service
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