Scope / conditions
The import provisions apply both to the import of dogs, cats and ferrets for commercial purposes (i.e. a change of owner is involved) and to entry into Switzerland with more than five pets (i.e. no change of owner involved). They not apply to private journeys with dogs, cats and ferrets.
The following conditions must be fulfilled before these animals can be imported:
- Rabies vaccination
The animals must have been vaccinated at least 21 days before they enter the country. If a booster vaccination is given while the initial vaccination is still valid, the waiting period does not apply. Initial vaccination will only be recognised if the animal was at least 12 weeks old when it was done.
Young animals: Young animals up to the age of 12 weeks may be imported into Switzerland without being vaccinated if they are accompanying their mother and are still dependent on her, or if they travel with a confirmation from the owner that they have not been in contact with wild animals since they were born. Young animals between 12 and 16 weeks of age may also be imported with a confirmation of this kind if they have already been vaccinated against rabies but the 21-day waiting period has not yet elapsed (see specimen document under "Administration and information").
The import and transit of puppies less than 56 days old is forbidden for animal welfare reasons unless they are travelling with their mother (or a wet-nurse).
The animals must be microchipped (in compliance with ISO standard 11784 or 11785). Dogs permanently imported into Switzerland must be registered in the national dog database by a veterinarian within 10 days of entering the country.
- European pet passport
The animals must be accompanied by a correctly completed pet passport. Passports issued after 29 December 2014 must be in the new format.
It is forbidden to import dogs with docked ears and/or tails (see below under "More information").
The veterinary examination (no earlier than 48 hours before departure) must be confirmed in the official (TRACES) certificate.