Bringing Your Pet to Finland

You can bring your pet(s) to Finland but you should be aware of the import requirements of pets. The import requirements vary depending on the country from which the animal is imported (EU and EEA countries/ non-EU country). The  purpose of the import requirements concerning dogs, cats and ferrets is to safeguard human and animal health and to prevent the spread of dangerous infectious diseases, such as rabies and echinococcosis, to Finland.

General requirements concerning dogs, cats and ferrets

  • ID marking (tattoo or microchip)
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Testing for rabies antibodies (if importing from the non-EU area)
  • Treatment against echinococcosis
  • Pet passport (or veterinary certificate from non-EU area)
  • If an animal or animals are travelling by plane as freight unaccompanied by a passenger, there is a requirement for a clinical examination carried out by a veterinarian within 24 hours before dispatch


Information source and further information: 

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira (
Pet Guide to Finland (