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Pet Relocation | Moving to Germany With Your Pet? 5 Things You Must Know!

Everything you need to know about moving with your pet to Germany. From pets cover and vaccines to transportation and pet day care for our 4-legged friends. We care about expats and their exPETs. Subscribe to the Ocyan newsletter for receiving the latest news along with special discounts for you and your pets.

A wise German philosopher, rightly said

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language”

Martin Buber

And right now, your pet is saying, “Don’t leave me behind!”

For many of us, our pets are family without whom life is often unimaginable. But what happens when you have to move? How do you take them along? While moving to Germany, there are some rules and regulations about pet relocation that you need to be aware of.

1. Dog Liability Cover & Pet Health Insurance In Germany

When it comes to insurance nobody wants to deal with incomprehensible terms and conditions, a pile of paperwork or long processing times when filing claims. That’s why, here at Ocyan, we have chosen Coya to guarantee maximum convenience for our members along with special discounts. It is completely paper-free and all insurance plans can be edited or cancelled digitally anywhere at any time. Read more about Coya here.

Protecting the cuties

  • It is mandatory to get dog liability cover (Hundehaftpflichtversicherung) when moving with your pet to some German states. In others, it is highly recommended. The dog liability insurance is like a private liability insurance for dogs. It covers dog owners against physical or material damage caused by their four-legged friends. Damages up to €30 million are covered. Get €15 monthly discount on your Dog Liability Insurance.

  • The newly launched pet health insurance provides coverage for dogs as well as cats, in case they fall ill. Coya offers basic surgery insurance and premium insurance that covers extra veterinary costs. Add-ons like these can be bought for each of the offered products. They give the customer the possibility to personalize their insurance coverage and to adapt it exactly to their needs. Get €15 monthly discount on Pet Health Insurance.

Subscribe for free at Ocyan and get a free quote now. Then, you can apply for your dog liability cover and pet health insurance in just a few minutes from your mobile or laptop. Accessing through Ocyan allows you to get a free quote + 15€ monthly discount.

Check the best provider before you relocate with no cost.

2. Transporting your Pet

First things first, decide how you are going to travel. The air route is the fastest, but the sea route might let you and your dog or cat travel together.

Via Air:

The requirements for pet transport vary from airline to airline, but generally

  • The pet must be in a shipping crate that is well-ventilated and big enough to move in.
  • Some airlines might allow carrying the crate in the cabin if it fits under the seat.
  • You must travel five days before or after your pet.

Via Sea:

Queen Mary 2 is the only ship that allows you to get your four-legged friends on board and keep them in the kennels during your journey. Only dogs, cats, and ferrets are allowed aboard the ship.

3. Vaccination & Rules

Pet Relocation Rules: From An EU Country To Germany

  • The pet must get the rabies vaccination and have a proof for the same.
  • Microchip or a clearly readable tattoo for identification is needed.
  • Pet passport is mandatory (dogs, cats, and ferrets over 15 weeks old can get it). It is valid for a lifetime in Europe and contains all the documents.
  • Pet rabbits, rodents, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates can travel freely within the EU, and no pet passport is needed for these animals.

Pet Relocation Rules: From A Non-EU Country To Germany

  • The pet must have been vaccinated against rabies within 12 months from the date of travel.
  • There must be proof of rabies vaccination shown through a form that is completed by a vet in German and English.
  • A person can get a maximum of 5 pets in Germany.
  • The pet must have a microchip or tattoo for clear identification.
  • The pet must have the official ‘Veterinary Certificate’ (also called health certificate).
  • In the countries were the rabies infection status is unknown:
    • A rabies antibody blood test must be done before travelling.
    • The test must be conducted not earlier than 30 days after vaccination and not later than three months before entry into the EU.
  • Check with the German Customs Office (Zollamt) if your pet is approved entry. Some German states have banned certain breeds of dogs like Pitbulls.

Queen Mary 2 has these additional rules:

  • Should be vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days before the cruise.
  • Should have been issued a ‘Veterinary Certificate’ 10 days before the cruise.
  • Must be treated for heartworm 1-4 days before the cruise.

4. Doggy Day Care

Moving with cats or moving with dogs is difficult enough. Now, what if you are travelling throughout the week-end and cannot take your pet along? Or what if you are an expat and need to find a decent place before your pet can move in? The same if you are working and need someone to look after your pet.

The best solution is finding a pet day care service. Such centres offer services like dog walking, pet boarding, pet grooming, pet taxis, etc. so you won’t have to worry at all. Pet or dog sitting services cost about EUR 20-40 per day on average, depending on what facilities you ask for.

Doggy day care can be found very easly on Google if you type Tagesbetreuung Hund + the name of the city you live in.

If you’re looking for a doggy day care in Berlin, we have a surprise for you. Dogabel is a dog day care center in Berlin. Those living in the capital can meet the professional dog sitters at Dogabel who will be introducing your dog(s) to their playful pack. What else? At Dogabel you can benefit from a free trial day that normally costs € 30-40 depending on the dog size.

DM Ocyan on our Facebook page to request the free trial day by clicking below and type “Dogabel Trial Day + your email address“. You’ll immediately receive an email that explains how it works along with the coupon to show to the staff at Dogabel. 🐶

If you don’t have Facebook, send an email to contact@ocyan.com providing the same information.

5. Rules For Animals On Public Transport In Germany

Can pets hop on a trin with you? Pets are allowed on almost all forms of public transport in Germany -yay! For trains, the tickets can be purchased at half the fare. Guide dogs are exempted.

Take Your Best Friend Along

An important thing to note is that in Germany, it is important to carry out registration after moving your pet. If you have a dog at the local Bürgeramt- citizen registration office, you have to pay the mandatory dog tax – Hundesteuer. Keep an eye out for signs that prohibit pets, and you are good to go!

To Sum Up

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