Entering Germany with pets. Applicable Rules

Entering Germany with pets: Traveling with pets: dogs, cats and ferrets.

Before we decide to go to German our pet, we must read the law and complete the formalities before departure

Entering Germany with pets: applicable rules

With a few exceptions, pets are allowed to travel with us From Poland to GERMANY, provided that:

  • have a microchip implanted (in accordance with the technical requirements set out in Annex II to the EU Regulation on the movement of pets) or legible tattoo if done before July 3, 2011;
  • have been vaccinated against rabies (There is also a quarantine after vaccination – 3 weeks);
  • is in possession of a valid European pet passport.

The European Pet Passport is a document prepared according to the standard EU model, necessary for travel between EU countries. It contains a description and details of the pet, including the microchip or tattooed code, as well as an entry for rabies vaccination, and the contact details of the owner and veterinarian who issued the passport. You can get a European pet passport for dogs, cats or ferrets from any licensed veterinarian (authorized by the competent authorities to issue pet passports). The pet passport is valid for the pet’s life as long as it has a valid rabies vaccination.

Traveling with more than five pets

You can travel with a maximum of five pets, and if you are traveling with more than five such animals (dogs, cats or ferrets), we must prove that:

  • participate in a competition, exhibition or sporting event (for example, by submitting a registration document), and
  • are older than 6 months.

Entering Germany with pets: safe travel by car

In Germany there is an obligation to secure the animal so that it cannot move through the cabin of the car. It can be a transport cart or a cage mounted in the trunk, in the case of larger dimensions. There are also special fasteners for seat belts. This is a very important part of a joint journey, because during an accident an unsecured animal can escape from us or fall out of the windshield.

If the dog is transported in the car without it being properly secured, the driver can be fined up to 30 euros. If this behavior poses a threat to other road users, the driver will also be fined up to 60 euros and 1 penalty point. In addition, problems with the insurer are to be expected.

Familiarize yourself with your apartment rental agreement

By taking decision to go with your pet, we have to read the rental contracts of the apartments. It is true that the Germans treat animals as members of the family, but not all building managers agree to have pets in the apartment.

First steps after coming to Germany

Registration: All dogs within Germany must be registered. To do this, go to the appropriate office (Rathaus, Burgeramt – depending on the city), a Steuer number is assigned to the dog.

About a quarter of all dog owners do not report them to the municipality. For this reason, some places carry out roadside checks. If there is no seal on the dog’s collar, the owner can be fined up to PLN 10,000. euros.

dog tax: Hundesteuer is mandatory in Germany and varies from approx. EUR 50 to EUR 150-200, depending on the internal regulations of the city / municipality in which we live.

Liability insurance: In some states, insurance against damage is also mandatory (hafpflichtversicherung), you can buy it online, for example at check24 (costs about 40 euros per year). About 2 weeks after the dog is registered, a tag with a number will be delivered to our home address. It should be attached to a collar or leash in a visible place. We should also remember to report the possession of an animal to our housing cooperative.

Entering Germany With Pets: Dangerous Breeds

In Germany there is a list of breeds that are considered dangerous. Depending on the state, the list includes different breeds, such as:

American Bulldog

American Staffordshier Terrier


bull terrier

Cane Corso


Dogo Argentino

Tosa Inu

The tax for such a dog varies from 600 to even 1000 euros per year. In addition, both the dog and guardian must pass the appropriate tests.

In addition, the guardian must have a permit (Hundefuhrerschein), this also applies to people who have a dog of more than 40 cm height at the withers. Dogs from the Kampfhunde list can only be taken into possession if they were purchased in Germany for legal breeding. In case of violation of the law and bringing a pet from this list to Germany, we risk a large fine (up to 5,000 EUR). In addition, the dog is taken away from its guardian and placed in a shelter and in the worst case even euthanized. A list of the banned breeds in each state is available HERE

Do you live in Germany, would you like a pet, but you don’t know how to approach this? Polish volunteers living in Germany come to the rescue and help adopt dogs and cats from Polish shelters.

The group has been active since 2017 Polnische Hunde und Katzen dry ein Zuhausethat allows you to adopt a Polish homeless person with the help of volunteers.

source: Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)PolishObservator.de

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