Travelling with pet animals

Are you travelling with your pet animal. Read the Danish Veterinary Authorities guideline here before you start your journey.

Pet animals are defined as:

  • Dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Birds (except poultry*)
  • Domestic rabbits and rodents
  • Reptiles and amphibia
  • Invertebrates (except bees and crustaceans)
  • Ornamental tropical fish

* Poultry means fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges and ratites (Ratitae) reared or kept in captivity for breeding, the production of meat or eggs for consumption, or for re-stocking supplies of game.

Travelling with pet animals are defined as:

  • Pet animals of the above mentioned species, which are accompanying their owner during their import to or export from Denmark
  • Pet animals of the above mentioned species, which are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner (equals non-commercial transport)

Accompanied transport
The pet animal must accompany the owner or a natural person responsible for the pet animal on behalf of the owner must accompany during the transport in order to fulfil the requirements for non-commercial transport.

A company specializing in pet air travel, pet shipping and pet transportation services is not considered as an accompanied transport.

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.
Commercial trade of animals.

Max. 5 dogs, cats or ferret within the EU
As from 27 May 2010 it will only be possible to travel with max. 5 animals of the species dogs, cats or ferrets, also when travelling within the EU.

If you travel with more than five animals of these species the animal health requirements for commerciel movement applies.

Travelling with pet animals from third countries
A total of 5 animals may be imported to the EU Member States from thirds countries (i.e. other countries than EU Member States, except animals from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marina, Switzerland and the Vatican City States).

Are more than five animals imported from third countries the animal health requirement for commercial import applies.

Import from third countries must be notified to the Border Inspection Post
Pet animals imported directly from third countries may enter Denmark through the Border Inspection Post 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 Border Inspection Post document and identity checks are carried out. 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 the Border Inspection Post must be notified of the import.

Please see the import requirements under each species.


If you are a citizen in Denmark
- and have further questions on travelling with pet animals, please contact your local Veterinary Control Office of the area you live in.

If you are moving to or visiting Denmark
- and have further questions on travelling with pet animals, please contact the local Veterinary Control Office of the area you are moving to or visiting:

Contact information of the Border Inspection Posts 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