Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia

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Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia

Scandinavia is home to breathtaking scenery and unique animal-centric sports like dog sledding. While the region is bursting with tourist attractions, Scandinavia isn’t as dog-friendly as you might anticipate. Learn the rules for bringing your dog with you to Scandinavia.

 However, owning a dog in a Scandinavian country isn’t impossible. If you’re relocating to Sweden, Denmark, or Norway with a dog in tow, here are a few things you need to know.

Prepare Your Documents
Unless you own a Czechoslovakian or Saarloos Wolfdog, you can easily begin preparing for your move to Scandinavia with the following documents.

Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia
Unless you own a Czechoslovakian or Saarloos Wolfdog, you can easily begin preparing for your move to Scandinavia. Photo: Vincent van Zalinge/Unsplash

If your dog is already vaccinated, you’ll need to prepare these documents within ten days of your departure.

  • EU Health Certificate: You can obtain this health certificate—valid only for ten days within departure—from your relocation coordinator. If you are traveling from a country outside of the EU, you must have your certificate endorsed by the appropriate government entity.
  • USDA Endorsements: Documents that require a USDA stamp of approval include your dog’s rabies certificate, microchip implantation record, and airline health certificate.

Schedule Updated Vaccinations & Microchipping
At least 30 days ahead of your departure, you should have your dog vaccinated and microchipped. If your dog is already microchipped but lacking ISO compliance, you can:

  • Take along a microchip scanner upon travel
  • Contact the Border Inspection Post to inquire about chip scanners upon your arrival
  • Implant a new ISO-compliant chip

Dogs can travel into Scandinavia with the following vaccines:

  • Primary vaccine
  • Three-year vaccine administered within 12 months
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Rabies
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza

Note the EU 5-Day Rule
If you are traveling from an unlisted country or ahead of your dog, your canine companion will have to follow within five days of your departure. Unable to meet the 5-day rule? Your dog’s move may become considered commercial instead of residential—what that means for you and your dog will vary depending on what country you originate from.

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Owners and pets relocating from an unlisted country will have to purchase a rabies antibody test, whose results will be reviewed by an EU-approved laboratory.

Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia
Vaccinated dogs can travel into Scandinavia. Photo: KARIN BEATE NÿSTERUD/norden.org

Travel the Right Way
Depending on where you are traveling from, owners flying ahead of their pets must arrange for their canine companions to arrive by air with no more than a 5-day allowance. Pets traveling from a high-rabies country will have to fly in with a Transit Declaration.

This document claims that your pet has not come into recent contact with a rabies-carrying animal and is obtainable from your veterinarian.

Consider Where You’re Traveling From
Most pet parents relocating from within Europe or the Americas shouldn’t experience any additional road bumps. However, Malaysian and Australian residents have their work cut out for them!

If you are traveling out of Malaysia, you will have to meet the conditions that:

  • Your pet has not come into contact with pigs for at least 60 days.
  • Your pet has not resided in a region affected by Nipah Disease.
  • Your pet has undergone an IgG Capture ELISA test in the last ten days.
Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia
Most pet parents relocating from within Europe or the Americas shouldn’t experience any additional road bumps. Photo: Jamie Street/Unsplash

Pets exported from Australia must not have resided in regions with a prevalence of Hendra Disease.

Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia – The Bottom Line
Now that places like Denmark are home to dog-centric apartment houses, Scandinavia is the place to be for pet parents. While traveling picture-perfect Scandinavian countries with your pet is no problem, you’ll have to pay special care to relocation requirements.

Rules for Bringing Your Dog with You to Scandinavia is written exclusively for Daily Scandinavian by Mike Powell. Mike is the owner of Dog Embassy and an expert in all things pet care. He hopes to educate new and veteran pet parents regarding animal care, nutrition, and gear.

Feature image (on top): Photo by Jimmy Conover / Unsplash

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