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Re: Importing an animal and taxes

There is a new document dated 29.12.2014 on this page under the heading regulations in detail.

Heksita, if the dog is a puppy, you need to check the rules carefully and I quote:
"The importing and transit of puppies aged less than 56 days is forbidden for reasons of animal welfare - unless they are traveling in the company of their mothers (or their foster-mother)."

Other items to take note of:
Pet passport: Dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied by an "official pet passport". For pass-ports issued after 29.12.2014, only the "new model" is valid, the form and content of which comply with the criteria laid down in EU Regulation 577/2013.

Identification: Pets must be identified with a microchip readable by standard reading devices (i.e. in conformity with ISO 11784 or Annex A of ISO 11785) - otherwise the animals must be accompanied by a suitable reading device. Alternatively, an existing legible tattoo is also sufficient, provided it was applied before 03.07.2011. Dogs imported definitively into Switzerland must be registered in the national dog database by a veter-inarian within 10 days after arrival. (They are referring to ANIS)

Rabies vaccination: Dogs, cats and ferrets must have been vaccinated against rabies using an inac-tivated vaccine licensed or registered in the relevant country and complying with WHO standards. Vaccination must have been carried out not before the age of 12 weeks and at least 21 days before import. This waiting period does not apply if the animals always received booster vaccinations within the period specified by the vaccine manufacturer. If no "expiry period" is stated in the pet passport, a period of one year applies as standard.
Animals aged up to 12 weeks may be imported into Switzerland unvaccinated if they are accompa-nied by and dependent upon their mothers or if a declaration by the owner or accompanying person can be provided showing that, since birth, the animals have never come into contact with wild animals susceptible to rabies. The same declaration can also be used to import animals between 12 and 16 weeks old, which have already been vaccinated against rabies but have not yet completed the 21-day waiting period. A model document for this declaration is available on the website

To ensure healthy development, it is important not to separate young animals too soon from their mothers or any litter mates. The import and transit of puppies under the age of 56 days is there-fore prohibited - unless they are travelling with their mother (or foster mother).

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