Moving Pets in the European Union

Properly identified and vaccinated pet animals may travel freely in mainland Europe, provided they have an EU Pet Passport...

European Pet Passport

All dogs, cats and ferrets need a passport for travelling within the EU. The EU Pet Passport is a booklet, identical for all European countries, which contains obligatory information concerning an individual animal: identification number and proof of valid vaccine against the rabies virus. It may contain other non-obligatory information. It is valid for the lifetime of the pet. Each passport is numbered for identification purposes. Animals travelling within European Union countries other than Ireland, Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom need to have:
  • identification by microchip or a readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011
  • valid vaccine against rabies
Animals entering Finland, Ireland, Malta or the United Kingdom must also be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus. Dogs with only a tattoo must be microchipped within one month of arrival in Luxembourg. All vets should have the relevant information and be able to prepare a pet for travel. The EU Pet Passport can also be used when travelling between Europe and the following non-mainland European areas: Corsica, Sardinia and the Balearics. It may also be used when travelling between EU and other countries with the same rabies status. Included are: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State.
  • For information on the movement of animals to and from these places see the EUROPA website
  • Detailed information on entry rules

Getting an EU Pet Passport

The passport may only be issued by a licensed vet. Vaccinations must be kept up-to-date. The expiry date of all vaccinations is indicated on the passport. Before issuing a passport, the vet will confirm that the animal:
  • is identified by a microchip in the neck (or with a readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011)
  • has valid vaccines against rabies

Arriving in Luxembourg

A non-commercial importer may bring up to five pets into Luxembourg. Pet owners must carry a valid EU Pet Passport for each pet when travelling with their animals to Luxembourg. Rabbits and rodents may travel without a passport but should be declared at the border. An animal must be over three months old to enter Luxembourg territory. The Luxembourg Veterinary Administration Services (Administration des Services Vétérinaires) can provide information for other pets and exotic animals.

Identification requirements in Luxembourg

Dogs must be declared at the local Municipal Office (Commune) within four months of arrival in Luxembourg and an annual tax must be paid.

Dangerous dogs

An authorisation from the Ministry of Agriculture is required when importing certain breeds of dog which are considered dangerous. These are:
  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • Mastiff
  • American Staffordshire terrier
  • Tosa
  • Pitbull
  • Boerbull
A person may not own, or get an authorisation to import, a dog considered dangerous until they have successfully completed a training course with a veterinarian specialised in canine behaviour. The course includes the theory of dog behaviour, hygiene and taking care of dogs.
  • More information on dangerous dogs (in French) see section on practical arrangements