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Travelling with pet animals

Requirements for travelling with your pet animal for non-commercial reasons are stated in Regulation 576/2013.

What is "pet animals"​?
Pet animals are in Regulation 576/2013 defined as:
  • Dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Birds (except poultry*)
  • Domestic rabbits and rodents
  • Reptiles and amphibia
  • Invertebrates (except bees, molluscs and crustaceans)
  • Ornamental tropical fish
* Poultry means birds of the following species: fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges and ratites (Ratitae).

What is "travelling with pet animals"?
Travelling with pet animals (non-commercial movement) are defined as:
  • Pet animals of the above mentioned species which are moved caused by their owners need to move (travel, vacation or relocation).
    • The movement of the pet must take place no more than up to 5 days earlier or later than the movement of the owner.
  • Pet animals of the above mentioned species, which are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner.
The owner may authorize a natural person to be responsible for his/her pet on behalf of the owner
The pet animal must accompany the owner or a natural person responsible for the pet animal on behalf of the owner.

If you as the owner authorize the responsibility of your pet to another person if your pet is not moved at the same time at your movement. The movement of the pet must take place no more than up to 5 days earlier or later than the movement of the owner. The authorisation must be done in writing.

You are welcome to use this declaration of authorization.
If the pet animal is not accompanied by the owner or a natural person responsible for it on behalf of the owner, the animal health requirements for commercial trade pet animals must be fulfilled.

Max. 5 dogs, cats or ferret into or within the EU
You may only travel with max. 5 animals of the species dogs, cats or ferrets into the EU, also when travelling within the EU.

However, if the goal of the movement is to let your pets participate in a competition, an exhibition or a sports event or training to such sports events and this can be documented either by registration papers for the event in question or membership of an organization that arrange such events and all the animals are more than 6 months, movement of more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets is considered within the scope of non-commercial movement.

If you travel with more than five animals of these species and the purpose does not fall under the exception described above the animal health requirements for commercial movement apply.

Travelling with pet animals from third countries
A total of 5 animals of the following species (dogs, cats, ferrets and birds) may be moved to Denmark from non-EU countries (except animals from Andorra, Faeroe Island, Gibraltar, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City States).
Are more than five animals imported from third countries the animal health requirements for commercial import apply, unless the following conditions are fulfilled:
  • the non-commercial movement of the pet animals is for the purpose of participating in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or in training for such events;
  • the owner or the authorised person submits written evidence that the pet animals are registered either to attend such an event, or with an assication organising such events;
  • the pet animals are more than six months old.
Regarding pet birds it is only allowed to move a total of five birds to Denmark.
There is not limit to the number of all other pet species mentioned in Annex I of Regulation 576/2013 as long as the movement to Denmark is in compliance with the purpose of the Regulation.

Import from third countries must be notified to the Border Inspection Post
Pet animals that are moved to Denmark for non commercial purposes may enter Denmark through the Traveler's Point of Entry at Copenhagen Airport and Billund Airport.

Pet animals, which originates from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marina, Switzerland and the Vatican City States, may enter Denmark through all border crossings.

At the Traveler's Point of Entry document and identity checks are carried out by the customs agents. If the point of entry is another EU Member State document and identity checks will be carried out in that EU Member State.

At least 24 hours prior to arrival please notify the arrival of the pet animal. Please see the specific requirements under each species.

List of banned dog breeds - Information for tourists travelling with dogs in Denmark
​Contact information of the Traveler's Point of Entry in Denmark:

Border Inspection Post, Kastrup at Copenhagen Airport
Kystvejen 16
DK-2770 Kastrup
Phone:+45 72 27 64 40
Fax: +45 72 27 64 51

Border Inspection Post, Billund at Billund Airport
DK-7190 Billund
Phone: +45 72 27 69 00
Fax: +45 72 27 56 03
Read more on the commercial requirements
Legislation on non-commercial movement of pet animals
Danish Order no. 1355 from December 15, 2014 - in Danish