Trade between approved institutes or centres

Scope / conditions

The import provisions apply to animals, semen, egg cells and embryos traded commercially between licensed zoos, animal parks or scientific institutes (under the terms of Article 2 para. 2 letter C of Directive 92/65/EEC).

Under the bilateral agreements between the EU and Switzerland, the animals must comply with the requirements of Directive 92/65/EEC.

The establishments of origin and destination must additionally be licensed in accordance with the criteria in Annex C (see also below under "More information").

Health certificate / TRACES

The veterinary officer in the country of origin must send an electronic TRACES notification. The cantonal authority must record the establishment of destination in Switzerland in the TRACES electronic system before the first import takes place.

The shipment must be accompanied by a health certificate as shown in model "92/65 EIII Animals from approved establishments, institutes or centres". Only the stamped and signed original will be accepted.

Additional conditions

Birds from licensed zoos that have been vaccinated against avian influenza may be imported to or exported from zoos subject to additional guarantees, those from unlicensed zoos may only be imported or exported with prior approval from the competent authority in the country of destination. The additional requirements apply for 12 months after the last birds were vaccinated, for details see Annex II point 4 of Decision 2007/598/EC.

Overarching protective measures

The protective measures in force on the day of import apply in all cases.

Inspection on entry into the country

Please note that it is not possible to import all categories of animals and goods into Switzerland at all border crossing points. The customs authorities have full autonomy in determining the responsibilities of each customs post.

Owner’s licence

For the keeping of wild animals a licence might be required. Applications for licences should be made to the competent Cantonal Veterinary Office. The affected species of animal are listed in the Animal Protection Ordinance, Article 89-92 (in French).


Certain animal species are additionally subject to species conservation regulations. Please check the conservation status in the CITES species list (see "Further information") and select the corresponding category using the detailed query option.

Last modification 03.10.2016

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