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Pets to Bring into Latvia

No regulations or quarantines restrict importing cats and dogs within EU or from a country with a low incidence of rabies.

Pet owners should have immunisation records, especially rabies vaccination (within 1 year), and health certificate records certified by a veterinarian within 2 weeks of departure. Make sure that international certificates are used. Since most departures transfer in Germany, the certificate should be translated into German if an international certificate is not available. The German and Swedish customs agents are very strict; do not take any chances. Germany requires the pet's health certificate be signed by your vet not more than 10 days before the flight. Sweden requires an animal import license, even to transfer your pet to a connecting flight. Call the respective embassy or airlines if you have any questions.

Your pet should be identified with a microchip that meets ISO standards 11784/11785. This is a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip that operates at 134.2 kHz. If your pet does not have the ISO microchip then the owner must provide their own scanner.

Unvaccinated pets (dogs and cats only) under 3 months old may enter an EU country, but there are additional regulations that must be met. Certain aggressive breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry.

Pets entering from a country with a high incidence of rabies must have a serological (blood titre) test performed at least 90 days prior to entering the country. This test must be performed at an approved laboratory.

Failure to comply with these regulations will not only mean that the pet is refused entry but that the relevant authority in consultation with an authorized vet can decide to return the pet home, or place the pet in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet; or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be envisaged.

All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibian, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Owners travelling with pet's other than dogs, cats and ferrets are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

Taking a pet from Latvia is subject to new restrictions due to the existence of rabies here. It is necessary to get a yearly rabies vaccination for your pet while it is here and then wait 30 days for a follow up health inspection and certificate. Only then will you be allowed to take the pet from Latvia.