Protective measures for imports from the EU

Switzerland does not impose protective measures on trade with the EU in animals and goods. In the interests of animal health, however, both the EU and Switzerland may impose restrictions that override the normal regulations.


Peste des petits ruminants (PPR): outbreaks in Bulgaria

Outbreaks of peste des petits ruminants were confirmed in south-eastern Bulgaria in June 2018. This is the first occurrence of this highly contagious animal disease in an EU Member State.

In accordance with protective measures taken by the EU, the FSVO has adopted an ordinance prohibiting the import of sheep, goats and derived products from affected regions.

In areas where the virus occurs for the first time, sheep and especially goats can be seriously affected and even die. Cattle, pigs and wild ruminants can also spread the disease but are not affected themselves. The disease does not pose a danger to humans.

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR): outbreaks in Bulgaria
Cases of PPR notified to ADNS since January 2018 (yellow dots)

Current information can be found in the Radar Bulletin:


Switzerland does not normally impose protective measures on trade with the EU in animals and goods. Bilateral agreements are in place under which the competent authorities in the Member State of origin must ensure that goods sent to Switzerland are subject to the same safety standards as those traded within the Community. In particular, animals or "potentially dangerous" products of animal origin must not originate from an infected area.

Protective measures governing the import of animals and products of animal origin from the EU  

The veterinary authority of the respective Member State provides information on whether the destination is subject to animal health restrictions. These also apply to the temporary export of animals, e.g. to summer grazing pastures in a neighbouring country. Exporters who fail to observe these restrictions risk not being able to remove their animals (or goods) from the area at a later date. This also applies to their return to Switzerland, irrespective of "normal import conditions".

If outbreaks of highly contagious animal diseases in Member States exceed a certain risk potential, the FSVO introduces its own "protective ordinances":

African swine fever (ASF): Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Italy (Sardinia) and Romania

Information on precautions for travellers to or from ASF-affected areas, especially livestock farmers, seasonal farm workers and long-distance drivers, can be found in several languages on the African swine fever page.

Avian influenza: Bulgaria

Petit coléoptère des ruches: Italy

Bluetongue: importation de ruminants, de sperme et d'embryons provenant de zones soumises à restrictions

Peste porcine classique (PPC): Bulgarie, Croatie, Lettonie, Roumanie

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR): Bulgaria

Lumpy skin disease (LSD): Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece

Chronic wasting disease (CWD): Norvège, Suède, Finlande

Anémie infectieuse équine (AIE): Roumanie

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Last modification 12.07.2018

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