Currently, the Swedish Board of Agriculture classifies countries into three main categories that have different import requirements. This classification considers the efficiency of the rabies control system in each country. Special rules apply for Norway and Malaysia.

Below is a summary of the import regulations to Sweden. We assume that your pet is travelling as cargo. In general, less requirements are applicable when the pet is accompanied with the owner or a representative.

Please note that the rules on this page are just a walk-through and can by no mean count as an official source of information. The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) is the only authority that provides the official regulations.

For more details, please check the Board of Agriculture Website.

Dogs and Cats coming from the EU member states and other countries with EU conditions

  • The pet must be marked with a clearly readable tattoo or ISO-standard microchip.
  • The pet must have a European Pet Passport in order to be able to travel within the EU. It can be provided by the veterinarian and contains a history of the past and the current treatments as well as the id-number (microchip) of the pet.
  • The pet must be vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine after pet has been id-marked.Pet must be at least 3 months of age at time of rabies vaccination. (In Sweden we recommend vaccinating two times with one month in between to insure pet has antibodies against rabies).
  • No examination prior to travel is needed if the pets are five or less and travelling with either their owner or a representative. But if the pets are six or more, or travelling alone as cargo or are to be sold and /or change owner after arrival, both an examination and a veterinary certificate are needed. The examination is done by a veterinarian and noted in the passport within 24 hours before beginning the travel. A veterinary certificate on the form E9.162 must also be done by an official veterinarian and stamped on all sides with an export stamp. You can book the time with an official veterinarian 24 hours before export for both the examination and the certificate.

EU countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faeroe Islands), Estonia, Finland (including the island of Åland), France (including French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Corsica, Martinique and Réunion), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the mainland, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands as well as Ceuta and Melilla), Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

European countries with EU conditions

Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican and Norway.

Listed countries

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension, Australia, Barbados, Bahrein, Belarus, Bermuda, Bosnia and Hercegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Dutch Antilles, Fiji, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malaysia, (Special rules for Malaysia), Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russia, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE, the US, Vanuatu, the Vatican, Wallis, Futuna and Saint Lucia.

Please observe that there are additional requirements for dogs and cats from Malaysia and for cats from Australia due to Nipah disease and Hendra disease

Dogs and Cats from Listed countries outside the EU zone

  • The pet must be marked with a ISO-standard microchip.
  • The pet must be vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine after pet has been id-marked. Pet must be at least 3 months of age at time of rabies vaccination (In Sweden we recommend vaccinating two times with one month in between to insure pet has antibodies against rabies)
  • If you are bringing your own pets with you on the same flight as freight or personal luggage, and if the number of pets is equal or less than 5, you need a veterinary certificate on the form E9.163 (to be ordered in http://www.jordbruksverket.se) that must be issued by an official veterinarian. All the vaccination certificates need to be stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped in both sides by the official stamp. The certificate must be issued within 10 days prior to entry into the EU.
  • If the pets are to be sold, change owners after their arrival to Sweden as well as the case where the pets are travelling as cargo and NOT accompanied by their owner or a representative must all be examined by a veterinarian within 24 hours before beginning the travel, and they need a veterinary certificate on form E9.164 (to be ordered in http://www.jordbruksverket.se). The veterinary certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian.

Dogs and Cats from Unlisted countries

  • The pet must be marked with a ISO-standard microchip.
  • The pet must be vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine after pet has been id-marked. Pet must be at least 3 months of age at time of rabies vaccination (In Sweden we recommend vaccinating two times with one month in between to insure pet has antibodies against rabies)
  • The pets must be tested for Rabies antibodies. The test must be analysed by an EU-approved laboratory and show at least 0,5 IU/ml. The sample must be taken no less than 30 days have passed since the last Rabies shot. Samples taken earlier are not accepted. If the basic vaccination consists of two shots, the 30 days waiting time count after the second shot has taken place.
  • The pets must have veterinary certificates before coming to the EU. To have a certificate the pet must go through all above requirements: microchip marking, Rabies vaccinations and pass the Rabies antibody test. If the pet does not have a EU passport, a waiting time of 90 days must be respected after the date of the blood sample acquisition.

There are two different types of veterinary certificates:

  • E9.163 if the pet travels with the owner or a representative as personal luggage or as freight. If the owner brings more than five pets, E9.164 must be used instead. The owner needs to bring the vaccination certificates and the laboratory test result all stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped on all sides.
  • E9.164 if the pet travels in a group of more than five pets or in case the pet is not accompanied or meant to be sold or/and go to a different owner. This certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian within 24 hours of travel. The vaccination certificates and the test result are then stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped on all sides. The paperwork must accompany the pets.

Exception

If the pets were in Sweden and have gone through identity marking, rabies vaccinations and have passed the Rabies antibody test while being in Sweden or the EU, they can travel to a third country and come back again as soon as the titer test result is registered in the passport by a veterinarian. However the number of pets should be five or less. Same applies in the case when you travel from the EU to a non-listed third country and back with one to five pets that already have EU passports and do not qualify as trade animals. The owner only needs to show their passports with valid Rabies vaccination when they return. The veterinary certificate is not needed.

Special rules

  • Norway: Regardless of the purpose they are brought, dogs, cats and ferrets can freely travel to Sweden. No passport, treatment or permit is needed.
  • Malaysia: Importing cats and dogs into Sweden from Malaysia is prohibited. Sometimes, exceptions are considered under certain circumstances. This link will provide you more details.

Important!

Pets coming directly from listed/unlisted countries are allowed to land ONLY in Stockholm Arlanda or Gothenburg Landvetter Airports!