If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).
Switzerland - Summary of Requirements for Animals
Switzerland is not part of European Union (EU), but has adopted EU legislation for import of most species of live animals, semen, and embryos. Switzerland will accept an English-only health certificate. For species/commodities not listed below, please refer to the European Union website.
SPECIES - MOST RECENT UPDATE
Information regarding imports of live animals into Switzerland can be found on the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office website.
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.
NOTE: Effective December 29, 2014, the EU will require new health certificates for export of dogs, cats and ferrets (see below). The previous version of the health certificates should be used through 12/28/14.
- Pet Dogs, Cats and Ferrets- Health Certificate (Non-Commercial Movement of five or less animals) - August 2012(pdf 49kb)
- Certificate instructions certificates with explanatory notes
- Dogs, Cats and Ferrets- Health Certificate (Non-commercial movement of five or less animals) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
- Pet Dogs, Cats and Ferrets -Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than five non-commercial animals) - August 2012 (pdf 50kb)
- Certificate instructions certificate with explanatory notes
- Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than five non-commercial animals ) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
Additional information about exporting pets to Switzerland.
Unaccompanied pets: Animals that are kept as household companions, were cared for by the owner in the United States prior to export, and are not intended to be sold or passed on to new owners after the import may use the “non-commercial” health certificate above. The owner or owner’s representative should sign the “Declaration” in point II.7 of the certificate. When picking up the animal at the port of entry in Switzerland, the owner or owner’s representative will be required to sign the Declaration of ownership for unaccompanied pets
Additional information about bringing an unaccompanied pet to Switzerland.