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Want to Relocate With Your Pet to Germany? 5 Things You Must Know!

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.

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5 Things To Know About Pet Relocation To Germany

1. Dog Liability Cover & Pet Insurance In Germany

Protecting the cuties

It is mandatory to get dog insurance (Hundehaftpflichtversicherung) or animal insurance in some German states. In others, it is highly recommended. You must get international pet insurance or pet health insurance to cover vet fees or protect against any damages that can be caused by your pet. 

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Alternatively, get personal liability insurance that covers damages by pets. You can also avail pet travel insurance or pet insurance for air travel or any kind of pet transport insurance. A simple search on Google will let you know about animal insurance costs.

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.
  • For pet moving, 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 travel.
    • 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.
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4. Doggy Day Care

Moving with cats or moving with a dog is difficult enough. Now, what if you are traveling 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? Or what if you are a worker and need someone to look after your pet?

You need pet day care services. Such centers offer services like pet boarding, pet grooming, pet taxis, dog walking, etc. so you won’t have to worry at all. Pet or dog sitting services cost about EUR 15-35 per day on average.

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.

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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!

If all this is overwhelming, you can hire a professional who offers pet relocation services.

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