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.


Sheep and goat pox: Spain

The Spanish authorities inform on 19 September 2022 about a case of sheep and goat pox (SPGP) in breeding sheep near Benamaurel, Granada: Notification to WOAH. Another outbreak was reported near Villaescuca de Haro, Cuenca. Website of the Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación.

African swine fever (ASF): Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Romania

Other zones:
Germany: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1189 (Emsland, Lower-Saxony).

Italy: the Italian authorities inform on 7 January 2022 that ASF has been confirmed in a wild boar found dead near Ovada, Piedmont: notification to the OIE. Website of the Ministero della Salute. Publications of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte Liguria e Valle d’Aosta. 

ASP Virus Verbreitung

Avian influenza: France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain


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".

Bluetongue disease: Switzerland, France, Germany and other Member States of the EU

Switzerland: The restricted zone for bluetongue disease serotype 8 includes the entire territory of Switzerland. The vector free period is from 1 December to 31 March.

Exports from Switzerland to Member States of the EU and Norway are governed by the «Ordonnance de l'OSAV instituant des mesures destinées à prévenir la propagation de la fièvre catarrhale du mouton». This is aligned with Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007.

Imports and transit from Member States of the EU and Norway are governed by Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 of the EU Commission.

Zones established in the EU: the EU Commission publishes a map and a list on its website on control measures.

Website of the FLI: number of outbreaks in Europe and map of Germany.


Petit coléoptère des ruches: Italy

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

Lumpy skin disease (LSD): Bulgaria, Greece

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

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