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Finland - Obtain a Pet Passport (Import Export or Transport Pet)

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This procedure provides you information on how you can bring your pet dogs and cats to Finland and how can you apply for a Pet Passport or an Import Permit for your pets.


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The requirements pertaining to animal imports vary according to species and country of origin. In general, animal imports from other EU countries (= intra-community trade) are subject to different import requirements from imports from countries outside the EU.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Importation of pets:

  • Have your pet examined by a veterinarian: You will need to have your pet examined by a certified veterinarian. Some of the documents that you will need to present when your pet arrives in Finland will be issued by your vet. Your vet will also be the one who will issue the pet passport.
  • EU Pet Passport: The model of the new passport and the supplementary demands regarding it are confirmed in the Commission implementing regulation (EU) no. 577/2013. Veterinarians, are required to keep records of the passports they have issued. Veterinarians have to keep records of the pet passport number, the microchip number, the pet animal and the owner.
    The passport starts off with new pages with instructions concerning filling in the passport. The owner’s signature is required in the passport. The veterinarian has to always read the animal’s microchip before issuing a passport and also when markings are made in the passport. As for the microchip there is a date for when it has been placed and a date for when it has been read. Transponder is the word used of the microchip. The date for when the microchip has been read is essential information e.g. when the animal already has a microchip but the passport is issued at a later date. The placement of the tattoo and the date for when it has been read must be marked.
  • If you are outside Finland : You may use the link provided under "Office Locations & Contacts" to get in touch with the nearest embassy of Finland in the country you are currently staying. The office may be able to provide you with information about pet passports and import permits for pets.
  • Before you make arrangements to transport your pet: Make sure that you have all the required documents, and got in touch with the authority responsible with the import/export of live animals in the country where your pet will be coming from and in Finland. If you are thinking of flying in with your pet, you may also try and contact the airline company, they may be able to provide additional information about pet passports and how you can bring your pet abroad.

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Required Documents

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.


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Pet Passport

The old passport model issued before 29th December 2014 is valid for the duration of the animal’s life. The passport can still only be issued for dogs, cats and ferrets and not for any other animal species.

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira
Head office:
Mustialankatu 3
00790 Helsinki

National telephone switchboard: 029 530 0400
The switchboard is open Mon - Fri 8.00 - 16.15
Call prices: standard local network rate or mobile rate. Fax: 029 530 4350

Finland - embassies

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Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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Veterinary border control for live animals

Dogs, cats and ferrets imported from non-EU countries and travelling without their owner or his representative and which are intended for sale or mediation or similarly for onward movement, or where there are more than five animals, are subject to a veterinary border control.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira


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