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.
Germany - Summary of Requirements
Germany is a Member State of the European Union. Bilingual health certificates are available for some species/commodities (see below). If the bilingual certificate for that species or commodity is not listed below, please refer to the English version on the link European Union. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain a bilingual certificate if it is not listed below. Frankfurt will accept English-only certificates.
SPECIES - MOST RECENT UPDATE
- Bovine embryos, Annex II - Health certificate for in vivo-derived embryos collected in accordance with Council Directive 89/556/EEC - August 2013 (pdf 62kb)
- Bovine embryos: Annex III - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen complying with Council Directive 88/407/EEC (eligible for intra-Community trade). Bilingual English-German - August 2013 (pdf 52kb)
- Bovine embryos: Annex IV - In vitro-derived embryos, conceived using semen coming from an approved semen collection/storage center (excluded from intra-Community trade). Bilingual English-German - August 2013 (pdf 50kb)
- Bovine semen, Model 1 - Health certificate for imports and transits of bovine semen collected, processed, and stored in accordance with Council Directive 88/407/EEC, as amended by Directive 2003/43/EC, dispatched from a collection center where the semen was collected - January 2013 (pdf 65kb)
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 returning to Germany after traveling to the United States may be accompanied by an EUPet Passport issued prior to leaving the EU. An EU health certificate is not required, and APHIS should not endorse the Passport.
If an animal needs a rabies booster while in the United States, this information cannot be entered into the EU Passport by a US veterinarian. A regular EU health certificate must be issued by the accredited veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS.
- Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Bilingual Health Certificate (Movement of no more than 5 non-commercial pets) - February 2012 (pdf 60kb)
- Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health certificate (Movement of commercial or more than 5 non-commercial animals) - August 2012 (pdf 78kb)
- Pet Birds - Bilingual English -German health certificate - February 2011 (pdf 49kb)
Additional information on exporting pet animals to Germany.
- Zoo deer - Export Certificate Zoo Deer English - June 2010 (pdf 44kb)