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Taking Your Pets

Germany - Taking Your Pets

Like most EU countries, Germany is a member of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter the country without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements.

To qualify for the scheme, the pet must:

1. Be fitted with a microchip.
2. Be vaccinated against rabies.
3. Be blood tested to check the effectiveness of the Rabies vaccination.
4. Be issued with an Official Pet Passport (or a Pet Travel Scheme Certificate).
5. If returning to the UK, the pet must be treated first for ticks and tapeworm.

If renting accommodation in Germany, you are required to get the approval of your landlord to keep a pet. Dogs must be licensed, with a tax of around EUR300 per year payable. Certain breeds of dog that are considered dangerous are prohibited from being brought into Germany, and others are subject to strict state regulations regarding the way in which they are kept in Germany. Registration fees for these types of dogs are typically very expensive.

In Germany, a pet's owner is legally responsible for any injury or damage that the pet may cause, and it is advisable to obtain personal liability insurance to cover this.

Dogs are prohibited from entering grocery stores and other food shops. Dogs and cats are allowed on public transport, on payment of a small fee.

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