Non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets from other EU Member States into the Republic of Croatia
If a citizen of a Member State of the European Union intends to travel to the Republic of Croatia with their dog, cat or ferret as pet animal, such movement of the pet animal shall be considered non-commercial movement if the following conditions are met:
What is the meaning of non-commercial movement of pet animals?
The example of the model by which the owner of the pet animal may authorise another natural person for representation during the non-commercial movement of the pet animal:
Derogations regarding the maximum number of pet animals during a single non-commercial movement
The number of dogs, cats and ferrets, which are sent to the Republic of Croatia from another Member State of the European Union during non-commercial movement, may exceed five when the pet animals are moved non-commercially due to participation in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events, or training for the purpose of such events.
In such cases, during the non-commercial movement of pet animals, the following requirements shall be fulfilled:
Requirements with regard to anti-rabies vaccination
Dogs, cats and ferrets that are as pet animals non-commercially moved from another Member State of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia shall be at least 12 weeks old on the date they are vaccinated against rabies. Only inactivated and recombinant vaccines approved by the authority competent for marketing shall be used.
The vaccination of pet animals against rabies shall be performed by an authorised veterinarian, who shall indicate the vaccine name, vaccination date and the validity of the anti-rabies vaccination in the relevant section of the passport.
Dogs, cats and ferrets shall be non-commercially moved between the Member States of the European Union only during the validity of the anti-rabies vaccination. The validity period of the anti-rabies vaccination shall begin with the creation of protective immunity, which occurs on the 21st day after the vaccination and usually lasts a year, depending on the vaccine type and the vaccine manufacturer's instructions. The following shall be added:
Derogations regarding the non-commercial movement to the Republic of Croatia of young dogs, cats and ferrets that have not been vaccinated against rabies or do not have protective immunity against rabies yet
The entry into the Republic of Croatia is allowed for dogs, cats and ferrets from other EU Member States, which are:
During the entry of such pet animals, the following requirements shall be fulfilled:
Requirements with regard to the identification of dogs, cats and ferrets
Dogs, cats and ferrets prior to trading shall be identified with a microchip (transponder) or a clearly readable tattoo.
As of 3 July 2011, the transponder is the only valid manner of identifying dogs, cats and ferrets. The tattoo is accepted only if the animal was tattooed prior to 03 July 2011 and the tattoo is clearly legible.
The transponder type is not stipulated, but transponders that conform to the ISO standard 11784 or 11785 are commonly used in the EU Member States. If the transponder does not meet these standards, the owner of the animal shall, at their own expense, provide the appropriate reader in order to read the transponder during the check.
Identifying the pet animal with a transponder can be performed at any age of the animal in accordance with the recommendations of the transponder manufacturer; however, the identification with a transponder shall be performed prior to the anti-rabies vaccination. If the pet animal was vaccinated first, and then identified with a transponder, the vaccination is not considered valid. In this case, after identification with a transponder, the animal shall receive a new anti-rabies vaccination and 21 days shall pass from the vaccination before entry into the territory of the Republic of Croatia.
Requirements with regard to the identification document
During the non-commercial movement into the Republic of Croatia of dogs, cats and ferrets from other EU Member States, the animals shall be accompanied by an identification document, i.e.:
The passports are issued by veterinarians authorised by the competent authority of the Member States of the European Union from which the pet animals originate, after checking that the pet animal is identified by a transponder or tattoo. The authorised veterinarian shall enter the following information into the passport:
After entering all the information, the owner of the pet animal shall sign the passport.
Requirements regarding the entry of dangerous dogs into the Republic of Croatia
In accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance on Dangerous Dogs (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia“ number 117/08), the entry of dangerous dog breeds of the bull terrier type and their crossbreeds that are not entered into the register of the World Canine Organisation (FCI) shall not be entered into the Republic of Croatia.
Controlled breeding of the bull terrier type (Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier, mini bull terrier) is evidenced by the pedigree issued by the kennel club of any member country of the World Canine Organisation (FCI).
Supervision of the non-commercial movement of pet animals
In accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 576/2013, the Republic of Croatia shall implement in a non-discriminatory manner, the documentary and identity check of pet animals that are the subject of non-commercial movement into its territory from another Member State of the European Union.
In the Republic of Croatia, the supervision of non-commercial movement of pet animals is carried out by the customs officers and veterinary inspectors.
In accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 576/2013, the owner of the pet animal or the authorised person shall, at the request of an official of the competent authority responsible for examining pet animals in trade within Republic of Croatia, do the following:
In the case of non-compliance with the prescribed requirements for the entry of the pet animal into the Republic of Croatia, the entry of the pet animal will be refused, whereby the animal may be returned to the country of departure or placed in quarantine until the fulfilment of the prescribed health conditions. As a last option, when returning the animals is not possible or isolation is not practical, the animal can be put down (killed) in accordance with applicable national rules.
All liability and costs incurred by implementing these measures shall be borne by the owner of the pet animal or the authorised person.
Last updated: 30/09/2016