Entry form & rules

Importing requirements

From EU-countries

For more information, please read more from Finnish Food Authoririty or European Commission webpages .

1. Identification

The animal must be identified by a microchip or legible, clearly readable tattoo.

2. Vaccination against rabies

The animal must be vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine of at least one antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard).

3. Echinococcus treatment

Treatment is to be administered abroad 1 – 5 days prior to entering Finland.

4. Pet passport

The animal must be accompanied by a pet passport carrying the identification information on the animal and an entry by the veterinarian concerning a valid rabies vaccination, clinical examination and echinococcus treatment when necessary (parts I-V, X and VII when necessary).

For more information, please read more from Finnish Food Authoririty or European Commission webpages .


From outside the EU

For more information, please read more from Finnish Food Authoririty webpages or European Commission webpages .

1. Identification

The animal must be identified by a microchip or legible, clearly readable tattoo.

2. Vaccination against rabies

The animal must be vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine of at least one antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard).

After the anti-rabies vaccination the following has to be adhered to  either-or:

  • a qualifying period of 21 days
  • a rabies antibodies test 30 days after the vaccination.

Check whether you have to do a pre-entry rabies antibody titration test! Check here for the status of the country of departure.

3. Echinococcus treatment

Treatment is to be administered abroad 1 – 5 days prior to entering Finland.

4. Health certificate and declaration

The animal has to be accompanied by;

  • A health certificate in accordance with the EU model issued by an official veterinarian. The health certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue.
  • A written declaration completed by the owner (or an authorised person) regarding the non-commercial nature of the movement and attesting, where appropriate, the carriage of the animal under the responsibility of an authorised person within up to five days of the movement of the owner.

5 Vaccination copies

The original vaccination documents or certified copies.

6. Inspection at the border

The animal has to be presented to the authorities for inspection in the EU country it first arrives to. The owner must, at the time of entry, contact the competent authority present at the point of entry for the purposes of the documentary and identity checks.

In Finland these inspections are carried out by customs. Choose the red line in customs and present the animal and its documentation to the customs officer.

For more information, please read more from Finnish Food Authoririty webpages or European Commission webpages .

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