Bringing pets with you to Sweden.
Sweden is a very pet-friendly country but there are also specific requirements that must be followed in the proper order if you plan to take your pet with you.
The rules and regulations for bringing a foreign pet into Sweden will differ depending on whether you are relocating from within the European Union or coming to Sweden from outside the EU. For example, Sweden does not require an import permit to bring dogs or cats from EU Member States. However, anyone coming in from outside of the EU is definitely required to obtain a permit.
Here is a basic outline of what is required:
- Microchip implant (Make sure it is the international chip, AVVID, which is the one used in the EU.)
- Rabies vaccination and a follow-up blood test of rabies antibodies. This must be done 120 days prior to your pet’s arrival in Sweden! (Direct air transports from the UK, Ireland and Malta are excluded from this requirement)
- De-worming one week before your pet arrives in Sweden (Direct air transports from the UK, Ireland, Malta, Finland and Åland are excluded from this requirement also)
- A pet passport
- Customs declaration
It is very important to follow the guidelines given by the Swedish Board of Agriculture, otherwise you risk facing difficulty with customs. If you arrive and the authorities discover that your pet does not meet the standards you may be required to place your pet in quarantine for several months, at your own expense.
Upon arrival in Sweden, you are required to register your pet. It is recommended that you bring your pet to a local vet as soon as possible and they will be able to provide you with any information you need to complete your pet´s transition into Sweden.
For more in-depth information about regulations and requirements, please look at the website of the Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket).