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TRAVELING TO BELGIUM

Taking Pet Dog/Cat/Ferret

There is no quarantine to bring a pet cat or dog to Belgium as long as you respect the following procedures which vary depending on whether you are traveling with your pet or you are sending the animal alone


Traveling from the U.S. to Belgium with your pet
Sending pet unaccompanied to Belgium
Information about Identification and Registration of Dogs in Belgium
Additional Useful Information


Traveling from the US to Belgium with your pets

One person may be accompanied by up to 5 pet animals not intended for sale.

Please fill out the following three certificates.

Please remember the Veterinary certificate travels with the pet

Each part of the three certificates must be filled out. However, the Health certificate needs only to be filled out until part IV for Belgium because Belgium does not require the following 3 tests: the rabies serological test, tick treatment or Echinococcus treatment.

In the "application for import or transit authorization for live animals" on the line 'Border inspection post' - the first port of Entry into the EU should be filled out; even though the final destination might be Belgium but perhaps the first port of entry is Paris or Amsterdam or any other port in the countries of the European Union

- Going to Belgium with Pet
- Veterinary Certificate (Dutch/English, French/English or German/English)
- Application for Import/Transport of Live Animals

It is required by law that the veterinary certificate be stamped by an accredited veterinarian.

International health certificates for the export of animals from the United States are completed by the APHIS accredited veterinarian who certifies animal health status, conducts tests, and records test results for the individual animals being exported. Completed and signed international health certificates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a Veterinary Services area office in order to be valid. To obtain the USDA endorsement of an international health certificate or any other documents relating to traveling with your pet, the documents must be completed by an APHIS Accredited Veterinarian.

The APHIS Area Office for your state can assist you with your questions relating to traveling with your pet, help you locate an Accredited Veterinarian, and inform you of the fee(s) for the USDA endorsement(s). You should check with your current Veterinarian to determine if he/she is an APHIS Accredited Veterinarian. You can locate the VS Area Office for your State at :
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/area_offices.htm
 

1.1. The Rabies Certificate:

Only those rabies vaccinations given after the implantation of the microchip will be considered valid. The rules for puppies remain, namely there is a waiting period of at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination has been administered, before you can enter Belgium. Important: The same 21 day waiting period is in effect for all dogs/cats, regardless of their age, which got vaccinated after, or at the same time the microchip was implanted.

-  Statement in English that the animal has been inoculated with a U.S. official, inspected and approved rabies vaccine,
-  Date of vaccination,
-  Type of vaccine used and expiration date, the name of the manufacturer and the manufacturer's batch number
-  Description of the animal (sex, age, breed, hair color and markings)
-  Name and address of owner of the animal (in the US and in Belgium)

1.2.  The Health Certificate:

This certificate must also be issued by a US certified veterinarian surgeon. Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with a copy of the International Health Certificate.

The health certificate must be issued within 48 hours prior to departure and is valid for 10 days.

Sending pets unaccompanied to Belgium

Only those rabies vaccinations given after the implantation of the microchip will be considered valid. The rules for puppies remain, namely there is a waiting period of at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination has been administered, before you can enter Belgium. Important: The same 21 day waiting period is in effect for all dogs/cats, regardless of their age, which got vaccinated after, or at the same time the microchip was implanted.

 

You still have to ask your veterinarian to fill out a rabies certificate and a health certificate.
In order to be identifiable, the animal must also be equipped with a microchip ISO#11784 & 11785

Plus you must get an import permit.

Notice: As of January 1st 2006 the cost for an import permit is 37.50 Euro. The office of veterinary services in Brussels will send the invoice for the import permit to your mailing address in Belgium.

The importer in Belgium can obtain the import permit by contacting:

The Belgian Veterinary Services
Dhr. Moelans Joan
World Trade Center III - 24th Floor
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: 011.32.2.208.5040
Fax: 011.32.2.208.5172
E-mail: import.export@favv.be

In order to get this permit, the following forms must be submitted after being properly filled out:

- Going to Belgium with Pet
- Veterinary Certificate (Dutch/English, French/English or German/English)
- Application for Import/Transport of Live Animals

After the Belgian Veterinarian Services in Brussels examine the request from the importer in Belgium, they will forward him/her the original of the Import Authorization.
The person shipping the animal from the US will have to make sure that the animal travels with the original of the rabies certificate and the health certificate and a copy of the Import authorization.

The import authorization, which is required when the animal travels unaccompanied or in case of a commercial transaction, is valid for six months. An owner can therefore apply for such an authorization far in advance, even when the owner does not know for sure the date of the travel and the flight information. These details can still be forwarded later on.


Information about identification and registration of dogs in Belgium

As of October, 2004 identification and registration of all pets on Belgian territory are mandatory. All pets must be identified by an electronic chip. The microchip must follow (International Standard Organization) ISO norms # 11784 and 11785. If you want to get more information on these norms please check on the internet.

Only those rabies vaccinations given after the implantation of the microchip will be considered valid. The rules for puppies remain, namely there is a waiting period of at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination has been administered, before you can enter Belgium. Important: The same 21 day waiting period is in effect for all dogs/cats, regardless of their age, which got vaccinated after, or at the same time the microchip was implanted.

 

This new regulation is also mandatory for:

  • any pets arriving in Belgium unaccompanied,

  • any commercial transaction,

  • pets of foreigners planning to stay in Belgium more than 6 months.

This regulation will not apply to pets of owners staying less than 6 months in Belgium, in this case the owner will not have to do anything, either regarding the identification or the registration of his animal.

Dogs coming from foreign countries and which were already identified in their country of origin will not have to follow the identification procedure in Belgium as long as the identification system used conforms to the ISO standard. The owner of the animal will just have to register his dog at ABIEC (Belgian Association for Identification and Registration of Dogs).
If the dog coming from abroad does not have any identification and if its owner intends to stay more than 6 months on Belgian territory, the owner will have to go to a veterinarian in Belgium in order to identify the animal (by a chip) and ask the veterinarian to do the necessary in order to register the dog at ABIEC.

If you need any further information on this subject, you may contact a veterinarian in Belgium or ABIEC, the Belgian association in charge of identification and registration.

Association Belge d'Identification et d'Enregistrement canins (ABIEC)
Boîte postale 168
B-1060 Bruxelles
Belgium
Tel: 070/22.24.45
Fax: 070/22.24.46


Additional Useful Information

a) You can obtain a copy of the required forms Veterinary Certificate (Dutch/English, French/English or German/English), Going to Belgium with Pet (Pdf) and Application for Import/Transport of Live Animals (pdf) by downloading them directly on this web site.

b) There will be no derogation granted for a kitten or puppy. Kittens and puppies, like older animals must be vaccinated against rabies. If they are too young to get a rabies shot, the owner has to wait until the animal can be vaccinated and then wait 21 days after the vaccination to be able to travel.

Only those rabies vaccinations given after the implantation of the microchip will be considered valid. The rules for puppies remain, namely there is a waiting period of at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination has been administered, before you can enter Belgium. Important: The same 21 day waiting period is in effect for all dogs/cats, regardless of their age, which got vaccinated after, or at the same time the microchip was implanted.

 

c) The importation of young animals, less than 7 weeks old is forbidden (for their welfare), except when a mother travels with her unweaned offspring.

d) We highly recommend that you check with your Airline company for additional requirements.

e) IATA regulations applying to air transport must be respected.

f) Some airline carriers, for good reason, do not accept gestating animals on board.

g) For information on taking your cat or dog back into the United States, please contact the US Department of Agriculture at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/travel/pets.html

h) In case you are planning to either travel with or ship several animals, we recommend you to inform the Belgian Veterinarian Services in advance by faxing them a copy of your animal rabies certificate and providing them with the form “Going To Belgium with a Pet – Information Form” properly filled out. Their fax number is 011.32.2.208.5172.

i) For any additional questions, you may contact:

The Embassy of Belgium
3330 Garfield Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel (202) 333-6900
Email: washington@diplobel.org

 

 

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