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Austria – Importing a Pet

Austria is a beautiful country located in Central Europe. It is known for its stunning alpine landscapes, historic architecture, and vibrant culture. If you’re planning on moving to Austria, you may be wondering if you can bring your furry friend with you. In this article, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions about importing pets into Austria.

Austria’s Pet Importation Rules

Austria allows the import of pets. However, there are restrictions on which types of pets can be brought into the country.

Restrictions on types of pets

Dogs, cats, and ferrets are the only types of pets that are allowed to enter Austria. Other pets, such as birds, reptiles, and rodents, are not allowed to enter the country.

Pet Vaccination Requirements in Austria

All dogs, cats, and ferrets must have a valid rabies vaccination. The vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before the date of travel.

In addition to the rabies vaccination, dogs must also have a valid vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus. Cats must have a valid vaccination against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.

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It’s important to note that these vaccination requirements are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to check with the Austrian embassy or consulate in your home country before traveling.

Importation Application Procedure in Austria

To import a pet to Austria, you’ll need to complete some paperwork and meet certain requirements.


You’ll need to provide the following documents when entering Austria with your pet:

  • A valid pet passport or health certificate
  • Proof of rabies vaccination
  • Proof of vaccination against other diseases (for dogs and cats)
  • Proof of microchipping


In addition to the paperwork, there are some requirements that you’ll need to meet when bringing your pet to Austria:

  • Your pet must be microchipped. The microchip must be ISO compliant and readable by a device that conforms to ISO standards.
  • Your pet must have a valid rabies vaccination.
  • Your pet must undergo a clinical examination by a veterinarian within 10 days of travel.

Period of quarantine needed to import a pet to Austria

There is no quarantine period for pets entering Austria from most countries. However, pets entering Austria from certain countries may be subject to a quarantine period of up to 4 months.

Austria and international travel scheme for pets

Austria is a member of the European Union and the European Economic Area, which means it participates in the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). The PETS scheme allows pets to travel between certain EU countries and other countries with similar animal health requirements without the need for quarantine.

If you’re traveling to Austria from a PETS country, your pet will still need to meet the requirements for entering Austria, including a valid rabies vaccination and microchipping.

Pet Licences in Austria

There is no requirement to obtain a license for your pet in Austria. However, it’s important to note that some municipalities may have their own regulations regarding pet ownership, such as leash laws or limits on the number of pets per household. It’s a good idea to check with the local authorities in your area to find out about any specific regulations that may apply to your pet.

Pet Importation Resources for Austria

The Austrian government’s website provides information about the requirements for importing pets into the country. The website is available in German and English and can be accessed at https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/en/themen/freizeit_und_reisen/reisen_in_eu_und_drittlnder/tiertransport.html

The website provides information on the documentation and requirements that must be met in order to import a pet into Austria. It also provides contact information for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, which can answer any questions you may have about the import process.

In addition to the government website, it’s also a good idea to check with your airline and the embassy or consulate of Austria in your home country for any additional requirements or restrictions.

If you’re planning on moving to Austria and bringing your pet with you, it’s important to be aware of the requirements for importing pets into the country. While there are some restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed to enter Austria, the process for importing a dog, cat, or ferret is relatively straightforward.

You’ll need to make sure your pet has a valid rabies vaccination and meets the other requirements for entry, such as microchipping and documentation. Additionally, your pet may need to undergo a clinical examination by a veterinarian within 10 days of travel.

Overall, with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can bring your furry friend with you to enjoy the stunning alpine landscapes and vibrant culture that Austria has to offer.

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