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Getting a dog from the UK

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Me and my partner are considering getting a small Pomeranian dog from a licensed KC breeder in the U.K. I know about dog tax charges and getting pet insurance but what steps do I need to take with regards to importing it into Switzerland, having a pet passport and does the dog need to quarantine once here? There seems to be a lot of recent changes since Brexit and I don't want to get it wrong... Any advise or information would be much appreciated before I go ahead with this!
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Difficult with Brexit now. If you fly the dog into Switzerland directly before it is 12 weeks old, it doesn’t need the rabies vax, you can declare it at customs, pay the tax, then register it into the Swiss system with your vet.

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html

If you drive, you have bigger problems. Because France won’t let you in until it’s had a rabies vax. The dog can’t be vaccinated until 12 weeks, then you have to wait 3 weeks before it can travel to France. So it can’t come before 15 weeks
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Re: Getting a dog from the UK

Thanks for the information- the dog would be 3/4 months old and would fly over as opposed to driving through France. It would be fully vaccinated and microchipped from the U.K. I want to also know if I can fly with the dog back to the U.K, especially when things are up and running again.
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Thanks for the information- the dog would be 3/4 months old and would fly over as opposed to driving through France. It would be fully vaccinated and microchipped from the U.K. I want to also know if I can fly with the dog back to the U.K, especially when things are up and running again.
If it has a Swiss passport, then it can travel to and from the UK just as before Brexit.
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Re: Getting a dog from the UK

CatherineSarah, the BLV link that Island Monkey gave leads to the BLV's online tool. Plug in your variables - age of dog, dog's country of origin, your status - and it will tell you exactly what you need to enter Switzerland. Here's the direct link:
https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...tchen.html#par

Your next step will be AMICUS registration, mandatory in Switzerland. You will need a vet to initiate the process, and it has to be done within 10 days of arrival. So if you don't already have a vet, look for recommendations from local dog owners, or post a question here.
https://www.amicus.ch/Account/Login

You will then also need to register your dog with your Gemeinde. See your Gemeinde website for details as to the process. In my Gemeinde one needs to present proof of liability insurance to register - but I understand that is not the case everywhere.

An obvious thing, but nonetheless:

Will you have an extended time with the pup in the UK before flying over? If not, please ask the breeder to start acclimating the pup to a travel crate as soon as is age-appropriate, well before you fly. Crated travel, even if in cabin with you, can be stressful. The more acclimation training the pup has before the big day the better. Also ask the breeder for something with the pup's mother's smell on it - a fleece, etc - to put in the crate.

And my usual comment: Have you found a Welpenförderung class yet? (Yes I know these are not required, but highly recommended. I urge all new puppy owners to take Welpenförderung classes, it's a key socialization step, especially in these pandemic times as we are social distancing.) Dog schools are open with COVID space restrictions - so if you have not booked classes yet, it would be a good idea to do so.

ETA:

Forgot to add the most important comment:

Congratulations on your new addition, may the journey be easy on both of you - and here's to a many happy adventures together!

Oh, and when the little one arrives... we all love puppy pictures.

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