Importing live animals
The examination will check that your pet
has a microchip, that they have the rabies vaccine, and that they have a pet passport or a certificate issued by a veterinary surgeon.
The transport of pets across state borders may only take place upon presentation of a certificate of the animal’s good health issued by a veterinary surgeon. Cats and dogs must be fitted with an electronic identification system (microchip). Up to five pets may be imported at border crossings approved for the circulation of certain house pets, while the import of a greater number of animals must take place at a border crossing with a veterinary inspection.
Travelling with pets and responsibility
When bringing your pet into the Republic of Croatia, it is your responsibility to meet all of the conditions necessary for its import. Please check that your pet has been vaccinated and that these vaccinations have not expired, whether an antibody titer test has been performed and whether your pet has a valid passport or veterinary certificate. If your pet does not meet these criteria, then your entry into the Republic of Croatia may be denied and your pet returned to the country of origin or quarantined at a permitted border crossing. The owner will bear all costs arising from the implementation of these measures.
In line with the regulations on veterinary conditions for the non-commercial transport of pets, the following species are considered as pets: dogs, cats, ferrets (mustela putorius) from the marten family (mustelidae), invertebrates (except for bees and crayfish), ornamental tropical fish, amphibians, reptiles, all bird species (excluding poultry), rodents and rabbits.
Maximum number of animals
The import of a maximum of five animals is considered as non-commercial. The animals must be identified and have their documents checked by a customs official at a Croatian border crossing. These animals will not be considered a commodity and must be accompanied by their owner or a person authorised by the owner to accompany them for the entire duration of the trip.
General import conditions for dogs, cats and tame martens (also known as domestic ferrets, white ferrets, African ferrets, weasels, skunks, tame ferrets, domestic weasels or tamed weasels – mustela putorius) from EU member states and low-risk countries outside the EU:
- The animal must be fitted with an electronic identification system (microchip). If the animal is fitted with a microchip that is not in line with ISO Standard 11784 or 11785, the owner must provide an appropriate microchip scanner. The name and address of the animal’s owner must be determinable at all times. The animal’s passport or certificate, which is transported with the animal, must contain the microchip number which has been issued by a veterinary surgeon.
- The animal must have a passport or certificate issued by a veterinary surgeon authorised by the relevant body.
- The animal must be vaccinated against rabies
Animals from EU countries or countries outside the EU that are considered low-risk, are under three months of age and have not been vaccinated, may be imported into the territory of the Republic of Croatia if the owner or accompanier holds a valid passport or certificate and if the animals have lived in the same place since birth and have not come into contact with wild animals which may have been exposed to infections, or are travelling with their mother on whom they are still dependent.
Dogs, cats and members of the marten family from high-risk countries must fulfil the following conditions:
- They must be fitted with an electronic identification system (microchip)
They must have a certificate issued by an official veterinary surgeon or, upon re-entry, a passport (dogs from Croatia)
They must be vaccinated against rabies
They must have undergone a test on the neutralisation of antibodies with the titration of antibodies equalling at least 0.5 IJ/ml in a sample taken by a certified veterinary surgeon in a certified laboratory, 30 days after vaccination at the earliest and three months prior to transfer. A list of authorised facilities may be found on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm.
The stipulated period of three months is not applicable in the case of the re-entry of pets from the Republic of Croatia whose passport confirms that a positive result on the titration of antibodies was recorded before the animal left the Republic of Croatia.
Animals imported commercially, and those shipped as a parcel, must be examined by a veterinary surgeon prior to shipment.
For additional information, please contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development – Administration for Veterinary Medicine. Tel.: +385 1 6443 540. Website: www.mps.hr