It is possible to bring a pet from another country to the Netherlands, if all the conditions are met. For example, dogs, cats and ferrets must have been vaccinated against rabies. The conditions depend on the kind of animal and the country it is coming from.
Conditions for bringing a dog, cat or ferret to the Netherlands from another European Union (EU) Member State.
- The animal must be at least 15 weeks old
- The animal must be vaccinated at 12 weeks old
- After the animal has been vaccinated, the owner must wait 21 days before bringing it to the Netherlands
- The animal must have an ID this must be a microchip and have a dierenpaspoort (EU pet passport).
Any questions about bringing pets to the Netherlands from abroad, can be answered by the Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit – NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority).
Register your dog
When planning to import a dog, it must be microchipped and registered with the municipality within 2 weeks of its arrival in the Netherlands. The microchip is normally implanted by a vet, who can also advise on how to register the animal. Once registered the owner has to a pay dog tax to the municipality. The amount varies greatly from on municipality to another and it may vary depending on how many dogs are registered.
In the Maastricht Region, hondenbelasting (dog tax) is paid to Belastingsamenwerking Gemeenten en Waterschappen – BsGW, and once the dog is registered with the municipality owners will receive the tax bill from BsGW.
To register your dog in Gemeente Maastricht.
Bringing an animal to the Netherlands from another EU Member State
When planning to bring a small rodent, rabbit, bird, fish, amphibian or reptile to the Netherlands from another EU Member State, it must have a pet's health certificate signed by a veterinarian.
If the animal is a protected species, owners must check that it is allowed to be imported under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna (CITES). This international agreement regulates the trade in protected animal and plant species.