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International Animal Export Regulations



If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.

Belgium - Summary of Requirements

Belgium is a Member State of the European Union. Belgium accepts English-only health certificates.  If the certificate for a species or commodity is not listed below, please refer to the link to the European Union.


Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time. 

Pet Passports – Dogs, cats, and ferrets re-entering the Union after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU.  An EU health certificate is not required for these animals.  Notation of any additional treatments or vaccinations (i.e., echinococcus treatment for pets traveling to the UK, Ireland, Finland or Malta, or rabies boosters) may be added to the passport by an accredited veterinarian.  APHIS endorsement of the passport is not required.  


Last Modified: January 14, 2014