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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).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Netherlands - Summary of Requirements

The Netherlands is a Member State of the European Union. The Netherlands accepts English-only health certificates. For species/commodities is not listed below, please refer to the European Union website.


Bovine Embryo

  • Netherlands will accept English-only health certificate on the European Union website.

Bovine Semen

  • Netherlands will accept English-only health certificate on the European Union 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.

Pet Passports:  Dogs, cats, and ferrets returning to Netherlands 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.

Animals under the age of 3 months exported from the United States can enter the Netherlands without a rabies vaccination. The owner must make a written declaration that the animal stayed in the place in which it was born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection.

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.

  • Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Non-commercial movement of five or less animals) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014
  • Dogs, Cats and Ferrets - Health Certificate (Movement of commercial or more than five non-commercial animals ) – NEW certificate as of 12/29/2014



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