The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration may, upon prior application permit the importation or transit of dogs, cats or ferrets that are younger that 3 months at the time of entry and not vaccination against rabies
Where does the animal come from?
Young dogs and cats must originate from one of the listed countries in Annex II in the Pet Regulation (998/2003).
Young ferrets must originate from an EU member state
The animal is younger than three months
If you wish to import permanently to Denmark a puppy or a kitten that is not vaccinated against rabies, you must forward an application to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
If the puppy is less than eight weeks and the kitten is less than twelve weeks old, it must be accompanied by it's mother.
You cannot apply for import or transit permit for animals that are older than three months, Such animals must be vaccinated against rabies.
Application form for permanent import (La 23,0-2575)
Besides the application form you must also forward a declaration from the breeder of the animal
Declaration from the breeder (La 23,0-2917)
One application and declaration per animal
You must forward one application and one declaration per animal you wish to import permanently to Denmark.
If you are applying for more than one animal or the animals are accompanied by their mother, please let us know.
You may obtain an import permit if these conditions are met:
- The applicant (importer) must be a resident in Denmark.
- The animal must be under 3 months at the time of import.
- Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old or otherwise accompanied by their mother.
- Cats must be at least 12 weeks old or otherwise accompanied by their mother.
- The animal must be accompanied during the transport by its new owner or an actual person acting on behalf of the owner.
- The animal must not be intended to further sale or transfer of ownership.
- The animal must have a microchip inserted.
- The animal must be accompanied by a valid EU Pet Passport or veterinary certificate, where, however, information about the rabies vaccination is not completed.
- The dog or cat must come from a country listed in Annex II to Regulation (EC) 998/2003.
- Ferrets must come from a country listed in Annex II (excluding Section C) to Regulation (EC) 998/2003.
Forward the documents to DVFA
Both documents may be forwarded electronically (e.g. scanned), but it should be clear that the documents are signed in a different color to the printing.
Please note that the e-mail must not exceed 10MB or it will not arrive. In such cases it is recommended to send the relevant information in several e-mails, per. fax or with regular mail.
If faxed the original documents must subsequently be forwarded so it clearly can determined that the signature in a different color to the printing.
Finally, they can be forwarded with digital signature. However, the sender of the e-mail with digital signature be identical to the applicant.
For contact information - please see here.
Since it may take a certain time to consider the case, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration recommends that the application is submitted in due time, preferably at least 30 days before the requested time of import.
If rabies is present in the country from which the animal originates
If rabies is present or have occurred recently in the country from where the animal originates a signed statement from the veterinary authority of the country on rabies freedom for the past 6 months within a radius of 50 km from the place where the animal was born, raised and remained until the introduction into Denmark is required.
The statement must also be forwarded to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
If you transit other countries on you way to Denmark
Please note that should you and you animals be transiting other countries on your way to Denmark, you may need to apply for permit here. A permit from DVFA is only valid in Denmark.
Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets under three months can not be brought on holidays in Denmark
Permission to importation of unvaccinated dogs, cats or ferrets under three months in connection with holiday in Denmark is not granted.
Transit of unvaccinated puppies and kittens
If you wish to transit an unvaccinated animal younger than three months through Denmark to e.g. Sweden, Norway, Germany or Great Britain, you must in general apply for a transit permit
- A copy of the import permit or documentation that import is allowed in the country/countries you will enter after you have left Denmark
- The country of origin of the animal
- Information on country/countries you will go through before entering Denmark
- The species and breed of the animal
- The microchip number of the animal
- The date of birth of the animal
- Name and address of the applicant
- Name and address of the person accompanying the animal through Denmark, if different from the applicant
- Expected time of transit
Please forward this information in due time.
Exception from application for a transit permit:
If you comply with one of the situations described below, you do not have to apply for a transit permit.
However, you must make sure, that the animal is chipped and accompanied by an EU Pet Passport or a Veterinary Certificate.
- If you arrive in Denmark via Billund or Copenhagen Airport and leaves Denmark again without ever leaving the checked-in area of the airport.
- If you enter Denmark from or via Sweden on the Oresund Bridge and go directly to Copenhagen Airport and leaves Denmark from the airport.
- The transit must be as short as possible without any unnecessary stops.
- Plane tickets and boarding pass must be shown upon request.
- If you leave Denmark from Copenhagen Airport to Sweden over the Oresund Bridge.
Dogs, cats and ferrets over 3 months
All dogs, cats and ferrets that are older than 3 months at the time of import must be vaccinated against rabies according to the EU rules. Permission to import unvaccinated animals that are older than 3 months is not granted.
The rules for travel to Denmark.