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Bringing Dog into Switzerland

I searched this site and cannot believe that I only found a few posts about it. I am bringing the family over to Basel in July and will be staying there for two years. We have a 9 month old Golden Retriever who is up to speed on her shots. I really want to hear from someone that recently moved to Switzerland and knows the ins and outs of bringing a dog. Not bringing her is not an option so I need to align all of the paperwork now. I have read every web page and book possible but Murphy's Law says I will miss something and have problems with getting in or getting out. Should I contact an Embassy or is that overkill? If you have been through this please help us out. Thanks.
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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

This site should answer most of your questions:

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/themen/0161...x.html?lang=en

We brought a 2 yr lab from San Francisco with minimal effort. Shots up to date and some paperwork from vet. Chipped with correct format for Europe and that was it. In fact, we flew into Frankfurt so we could go nonstop and drove to Zurich. No one in Germany even checked us after deliver dog crate. And no one checked us when crossing border. It turned out that we had the wrong chip (though we chipped her twice in US). A quick visit to vet remedied that (and it was cheaper than US). Took paperwork to dog control in Zurich and registered her.

My wife did most of the prep in the US, so I can't be more detailed without asking her.

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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

Regarding microchipping you would probably be best advised (if the dog is not chipped already) to wait and have the dog chipped here. That way the dog can be registered in the local Swiss database (ANIS). We brought our three dogs back with us from Japan and did it that way. We could have had them chipped in Japan, but there was the question of format, readability and where to register them. Nobody could really give us a good answer what happens if a dog with a chip is found but the chip number is not registered in the Swiss database.

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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

Hi,
I came across at the start of this year with 2 mutts.

We needed a pet passport which included having the dogs chipped, vaccinated and a rabies injection. Had to wait 6 months after they had had the rabies to be allowed to bring them over (have blood tests to show that its worked). We drove over and didnt end up getting stopped or asked any questions about them (since had a weekend in Germany where we took them and their passports but again nobody questionned their presence).

Also if you want to put them in kennels here while your on holiday etc mine required the pet passport and for the dogs to have kennel cough vaccination.
When you get to your canton you need to register your dogs and pay 105chf for each dog as a tax (think it pays for all the free poo bags and emptying of the bins here).

Hope that helps

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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

As Fduvall posted earlier, the BVET site will give you all the information you need. Read it carefully, and follow the steps outlined in the document 'Travelling with pets - dogs, cats, and ferrets from a 3rd country'.

Just to clarify a few things other posters have said,

- You now need to have your pet microchipped (or tatoo'd during the transition phase) before importation, and the chip must conform to ISO 11784 or Annex A of ISO 11785, commonly called the 'Euro-chip'. Many US microchips do not comply with this standard; before having your dog chipped make sure your vet implants the correct chip type. You should be able to get a Euro chip in the US, but your vet may need to order it specially. Allow time for that.

(FYI, I have brought several dogs here; those from EU countries all had readable chips and I simply needed to have my vet enter their data into the ANIS (Swiss) database. Those from outside the EU (US and HK ) had to be re-chipped, as their original chips were not readable here.)

- The US is considered a country with a low risk of rabies, so see 1.3.1 of the above document for instructions. Basically, as long as your dog was kept exclusively in the US (or EU or other country at low risk) for the six months prior to importation, all that is required is that the dog is vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine as recommended by the manufacturer, at least 21 days before entry into Switzerland. The vaccine should have an efficacy of at least 1 international antigen according to WHO standards.

Because the US is on the low risk list, there is no requirement for titre testing or the 4 month waiting period. That only applies to countries on the high risk list.

- You will need a veterinary certificate signed and stamped by your vet. A sample of the certificate is available on the BVET site.

If you have any questions, contact BVET - they are the final authority, and can give you the best information. There is usually someone who speaks English on hand. I have found them to be very helpful.

Federal veterinary office (FVO):
Tel +41 (0)31 323 30 33
Fax +41 (0)31 323 85 22
E-Mail FVO

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I prefer to use a professional shipper to plan our travel and oversee the paperwork when relocating my dogs. It is a bit more expensive, but the peace of mind, knowing that an expert is dotting all i's and crossing all t's is well worth it to me. You might want to consider that option.

From experience, always fly your dog on a direct non-stop flight - even if it means driving a ways to the nearest international airport. Avoid connecting flights whenever possible - there is always a chance for mishaps when connecting flights are used.

Talk to the airline animal cargo folks to find out if there are specific crate requirements. You dog's crate should be the sturdy, non-collapsable kind (I use VariKennels), ventilated on all four sides. Your dog should be able to stand and turn around in the crate. Make sure your dog's details and your contact details are posted on the crate as well as any special instructions needed. Some planes have limited cargo space for animals, so make sure you understand how far in advance you will need to book your dog's space.

Make sure your dog is accustomed to traveling in her crate. I fit the crates out with a drip bottle, frozen. The water will melt slowly over the trip into the water tray, giving your dog enough to drink without spilling too much. It took a few days to teach my dogs to drink from a drip bottle.

Do not use sedatives!!!! They can be very dangerous during a flight. If your dog is accustomed to the crate she will settle once the plane takes off.

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Once you arrive in Switzerland, you have 10 days to register your dog with the Gemeinde and the ANIS database. You will need a Swiss vet to do the ANIS registration, so make an appointment asap once you get here. If you don't know a local vet, ask at your Gemeinde, or post on here for a recommendation.

And once you are here, have your new vet give you a Pet Passport - this is a document that contains your dog's microchip number, identification details, vaccination records, ec. (Photo optional ). You will need this to travel to other EU countries while you are here. (Be aware that while this is an EU-wide recognized document, each country has it's own entry requirements. Notably, the UK requirements are the strictest.)

And finally, do be aware of the various laws surrounding dog control issues, BSL, and your responsibilities as a dog owner in Switzerland. This is a devisive topic at present. In Basel, dog owners are required to carry personal liability insurance of minimum 3 mio coverage; this is usually part of a household contents/Privathaftpflicht policy. You can organize that with your insurance agent.

Good luck with your move - wishing you and your dog a happy time in Switzerland.

ETA:

Just checked the BVET docs - if your dog has an incompatible US chip already implanted, it looks like you can bring your own (US) scanner to read it. I don't know of anyone who has done that, but if you want to avoid re-chipping that might be an option. I would write BVET to confirm that using your own scanner is acceptable, though, before relying on this. And have a copy of their written confirmation on hand when you bring your dog in.

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Old 20.03.2008, 20:37
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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

Hi,

I just wanted to add a few things to meloncollie's thorough and informative post:
Good information regarding microchips can be found here:
http://www.pettravel.com/passports_pet_microchip.cfm
as well as links to order them via the web. Most US vets use 9- or 10-digit chips (and are unaware of the different standards), but the 15 digit chip is the standard here (ISO standard 11784/17785). From the digits, you can easily tell which chip your dog has (if she has one). Dogs can be "double-chipped," especially larger ones like your retriever, and since they have different frequencies (khz). HOWEVER, we also brought two cats that we did not chip with the 15 digit version, and our vet was easily able to identify the chips in both cats. Also, Zurich airport did not check the chip, as we had clear records that the dog was ours and he, like yours, is not a dangerous breed.

When we brought our dog to Switzerland, we also brought USDA forms with us (these are health documents that confirm health and current vaccination status, especially rabies vaccination). These are a bit of a pain-your vet must fill one out, then you Fedex it to your state's USDA veterinary representative, with return Fedex and a small fee, for an official stamp. Technically, this was recommended, and I was happy to do it, but full vet records should also suffice. If you go this route, the USDA papers should be as close to the date of departure as possible (7 days), to fully satisfy the airlines and Switzerland. Note also that the airlines may have more strict guidelines than Switzerland.

Rabies vaccination is BY FAR the most important thing to remember-as your dog is less than one year, she should be up-to-date, but Switzerland does not recognize any rabies vaccination that is longer than one year old as "up to date." Many US vets do, so make sure your vaccination date is no less than one year and at least 30 days from the date of entry into Switzerland.

To be safe, check three things for your flight: 1: make sure you fly an animal-friendly carrier (Lufthansa has the best reputation-they fly direct from DC to Zurich, so that would be ideal). 2: Watch your flight path: make sure you don't stop in any animal unfriendly countries (The UK is the worst, Germany is just fine) and that all legs of your flight are on planes large enough to have climate controlled pet sections in the luggage compartment (you can call the airline. My boyfriend and I actually flew on separate flights because of this issue). 3: Watch your times: Try to avoid layovers at airports with large delays, especially since you're flying in July. Also, make sure you land in Switzerland on a week day during a time that the airport vet is there (you can check the basel or Zurich airport web sites for this information).

Also, I whole-heartedly agree with meloncollie, please don't drug your dog. The drugs make her lethargic and unable to regulate her temperature (she can't pant as well), but she'll likely be more scared because of these effects than the trip itself.

Finally, don't be scared. We brought a dog and two cats from San Francisco, and tried to do everything right. I was exhausted at the end, but Murphy (German shorthair mix, 1.5 years old), Mai Tai and Gim (the cats) were just fine after 20 hours of no food, 14 hours of no water, and 12 hours in airplanes. Upon being retrieved from luggage, Murphy bounded out of the carrier, licked everyone, ate something, did his business, and it was if he'd always lived here! Also, I find Switzerland very pet friendly.

Finally, I do have to disagree with one point from meloncollie-we were students and did not have the option of spending money for pet relocation. I really don't think it's necessary to outsource the pet move. All you need is: a microchip you can buy over the web, two extra vet visits (one for rabies if she needs it at least 30 days before you leave, one about 7 days before you leave, if you want the USDA papers), a good carrier, and not giving in to the puppy eyes when she wants food/water just before you pack her in the crate. The rules are designed to keep people from bringing in loads of dogs to sell, not keep people from bringing their own pets. And, as you must know by now, the Swiss are unflinchingly reasonable.

So, good luck!

PS: if your dog is partial to specific toys, I'd check out www.qualipet.ch to make sure they have them (they're the largest pet shop in CH). Lots of things, like the Chuckit (weird yet handy plastic thing that launches tennis balls) and the many versions of Kong aren't available here. . .
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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

I agree with a lot of what "swiss_in_training" says, however I do note one rather significant contradiction. On the one hand recommending Lufthansa and on the other recommending avoiding airports with large delays. That equation doesn't compute!

Particularly in Summer I would avoid any layovers at all if possible. United Airlines have a non-stop from IAD to Zürich and I would certainly go for that rather than a layover in Frankfurt which is certainly not a good airport for passenger connections and I can't imagine it would be much better for pets however good LH are.

When we flew back from Japan with our dogs and cockatoo, it would have cost us half as much to fly with Lufthansa than with Swiss direct. We went with the direct flight and never regretted it.

Otherwise swiss_in_training's post makes a lot of sense.
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Just checked the BVET docs - if your dog has an incompatible US chip already implanted, it looks like you can bring your own (US) scanner to read it. I don't know of anyone who has done that, but if you want to avoid re-chipping that might be an option. I would write BVET to confirm that using your own scanner is acceptable, though, before relying on this. And have a copy of their written confirmation on hand when you bring your dog in.
That doesn't seem like much use though does it? I would have thought that the whole idea of having a chip is so that anyone that finds the dog can go to a vet, etc, have the chip read and ascertain who the owner is. Having a chip-reader in your possession is little use if the person that finds the animal can't read the chip in the first place. Or am I missing something here?
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That doesn't seem like much use though does it? I would have thought that the whole idea of having a chip is so that anyone that finds the dog can go to a vet, etc, have the chip read and ascertain who the owner is. Having a chip-reader in your possession is little use if the person that finds the animal can't read the chip in the first place. Or am I missing something here?
It would suffice to get your dog through customs (if they even checked) but when you make an appointment with the vet to register the microchip the vet will rechip your dog with the correct one.
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Rabies vaccination is BY FAR the most important thing to remember-as your dog is less than one year, she should be up-to-date, but Switzerland does not recognize any rabies vaccination that is longer than one year old as "up to date." Many US vets do, so make sure your vaccination date is no less than one year and at least 30 days from the date of entry into Switzerland.
This is no longer true. Switzerland does now recognize vaccinations that are longer than a year.

The text is here: Sorry I only have it in French:
Basically it says as long as you conform to the protocol set out by the manufacturer of the vaccine and the date of expiry is specifically mentioned then they will accept this. If the date of expiry is not listed, then they will assume a one year validity of the vaccine.

http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/916_443_14/index.html
Art. 12 Vaccination antirabique
1 La vaccination antirabique doit être effectuée au moyen d’un vaccin à virus inactivé d’au moins une unité antigénique internationale (norme OMS).
2 Elle est valide à partir:
a. du 21e jour suivant la fin du protocole de vaccination;
b. de la date de la vaccination de rappel, lorsque le vaccin de rappel est administré au cours de la période de validité de la vaccination indiquée par le fabricant.
3 La durée de validité de la vaccination est celle indiquée par le fabricant, à condition que la date d’expiration ait été inscrite dans le passeport pour animal de compagnie ou le certificat de vaccination par un vétérinaire habilité. Dans le cas contraire, la durée de validité est de un an.
4 Toute vaccination est considérée comme une primovaccination en l’absence d’un certificat vétérinaire attestant la vaccination précédente.
5 La vaccination doit être faite conformément au protocole de vaccination établi par le fabricant.
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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

Hi All,

There's not really much more I can add to this, because a great deal of good information has already been posted.

We brought our dog from San Francisco to Zurich a couple of years ago, and of course stressed quite a bit. But, as Meloncollie points out, it's good to avoid connections - particularly in extreme temperatures, as the animals will spend a certain amount of time on the tarmac! (We flew direct from SFO to Frankfurt and then drove to Zurich)

As for the chips, our dog now has three, as neither of the two she had prior to our trip here were readable. To be on the safe side, I rented a reader from Avid for one of the chips, then upon arrival I finally got another chip from a company called DATAMARS (at the vet here in Zurich).

I hope your questions were answered here. Please let us know if there's anything else. ... Meanwhile, check out this site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Dogs-Switzerland/

There's a lot of good info and support here as well.

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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/themen/0161...x.html?lang=en

The link was posted above already. It really is quite clear and is the "gospel truth", anything else is hearsay
I would suggest sticking to that and everything will be fine. We found that the BVET people were also very responsive to e-mails and were really very helpful.
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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

First of all, thanks to all of you for helping out. I was suprised how little was posted here about this. It is reassuring to hear from everyone what this will entail. Just today I called my vet and had the "Euro Chip" ordered so I should have that within a week.

We will be flying out of Dulles (IAD) on United and only fly direct into Zurich once landing in Switzerland. I have printed out every document possible so next week I will have the vet complete everything we need.

The next question is getting her from Zurich to Basel on SBB. Can dogs travel freely and open on the train or am I going to have to figure out how to carry an 90 lb crate with dog in tow? We will have a car there and have folks that can pick us up so it may not be a big deal but I am curious.

We cannot wait to come to Switzerland, I am just going to be a nervous wreck once my dog goes away to the handlers on the plane so I need to move on and know that it goes on everyday.

Thanks again for all of your help.
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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

Freely and openly but at a cost. you have to purchase a doggie ticket but it isn't a problem. Be careful when the refreshment trolley comes round that he/she doesn't grab a sandwich or even a Swiss sausage!
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Dogs of that size pay the 1/2 price ticket on the train.
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The next question is getting her from Zurich to Basel on SBB. Can dogs travel freely and open on the train or am I going to have to figure out how to carry an 90 lb crate with dog in tow? We will have a car there and have folks that can pick us up so it may not be a big deal but I am curious.
Is your dog accustomed train travel? If so, taking the train is an easy option.

However if your dog isn't used to trains (or big train stations), you might be better off driving to Basel this once. (It's only about an hour or so.) I say this because depending on the time, the train can be quite crowded, and your dog may still be stressed from the flight - not the best situation.

Mine are usually bit squirrely after flying, and need time to settle. I arrange for someone to pick us up at the airport to minimize their stress.

If you do decide to take the train, pop for a first class ticket - your dog will appreciate the extra room.

Good luck with the move - I'm sure all will go well.
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I second the motion on the first-class ticket on the train. Much nicer for everyone. Ask for a spot near the end of the car if possible. More room and easier access, etc. etc. Also, the dog still rides for 1/2 the price of a second-class ticket!

Good luck with the move.
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... Oh, and no, you don't need a carrier. The dog is expected to stay at your feet or underneath the seat. (I'm assuming, if you mention a 90lb carrier, that you have a large dog.) Small dogs may travel for free (as luggage) if in a carrier. You can check this out at the sbb site: http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...ssen/hunde.htm

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Re: Bringing Dog into Switzerland

These posts have been wonderful. Thanks to everyone for all the information. I had a few more questions, mostly about cats which it sounds like many people have brough but haven't been a focus yet. I have one small, anxious cat. I'm pretty set on giving her Rescue Remedy which should calm her down - she was feral before I took her in 8 years ago and still had a hard time around one or two strangers, let alone hundreds. I found out she does have an Avid chip and am going to try and get her re-chipped before I go but I'm not positive I'd have time. I didn't realize, silly me, that this would be an issue since I thought "oh, she already has one of those, check." How do you rent an Avid reader? I'm also getting her rabies vaccination tomorrow, exactly 21 days before I enter Switzerland (I got that number from the BVET site, so I assume the 30 days is for dogs or perhaps out of date). Did anyone's cats have to poop on the plane? If so, how do you handle that (not literally, ?
I'm also planning on bringing my cat as my carry on on my Luftasna flight, I'm flying into Frankfurt, then from Frankfurt to Milan, and then taking a bus from Milan to Lugano. Anyone have experience with Italians or buses?
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Hi There,

Not much help for cats, unfortunately,but here's a site where you can rent scanners. http://www.pettravel.com/store/store...-scanner1.html , and here's the Avid site http://www.avidplc.com/. I rented mine and simply sent in back after I was finished with it. Pretty easy. Oh, and be careful with any drugs for animals, as the airlines are usually pretty strict these days - usually don't allow pets to travel "under the influence." Check with the airlines first!

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