When bringing your pet into the Republic of Croatia, it is your responsibility to meet all the conditions necessary for its importation. Please check, whether your pet has been vaccinated on time and whether it has a valid passport or veterinary certificate. If your pet does not meet these criteria then it can be returned to the country of origin or quarantined at the border crossing at your expense.
In line with the Regulations about the non-commercial transportation of pets, the following animals are considered pets: dogs, cats, members of the marten family (pet ferrets – Mustela putorius), invertebrates (except for bees and crayfish), ornamental tropical fish, amphibians, reptiles, all bird species (except for poultry), rodents and rabbits.
Maximum number of animals
The importation of a maximum of five animals can be considered as non-commercial. The animals and their documents need to be inspected by a customs official at a border crossing of the Republic of Croatia. These animals will not be considered a commodity and must be accompanied by their owner or a person authorised by the owner to accompany them for the entirety of the trip.
If more than five pets are imported, this will be considered to be a commercial import, and the animals will need to enter the country at authorized veterinary stations and undergo a veterinary examination by a veterinary inspector at the border crossing.
General conditions for dogs, cats and members of the marten family (pet ferrets – Mustela putorius) coming from member countries of the European Union and low-risk countries outside the EU*:
• They must be fitted with an electronic identification system (microchip). If the animal is fitted with a microchip that is not in line with the ISO Standard 11784 or 17785, the owner must provide the appropriate microchip scanner.
The name and address of the animal’s owner must be determinable at all times. The animal’s passport or certificate, which is transported with the animal, needs to contain the microchip number that has been issued by a veterinarian.
• They must be accompanied by a passport or certificate issued by a veterinarian authorised by the relevant body.
• They must be vaccinated against rabies Animals coming from EU countries, or countries outside the EU that are considered low-risk*, that are under three months of age and have not been vaccinated against rabies, can be imported into the territory of the Republic of Croatia if they have been living in the same place since birth and have not been in contact with wild animals or are travelling with their mother on whom they are still dependent.
Dogs, cats and members of the marten family coming from high-risk countries* must fulfil the following conditions:
• they must be fitted with an electronic identification system (microchip)
• they must have a veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian or, at re-entry, a passport (dogs from Croatia, for instance)
• they must be vaccinated against rabies
• they must have undergone a test on the neutralization of the rabies virus antibodies with the titration of antibodies equalling at least 0.5 IJ/ml on a sample taken by a certified veterinarian 30 days after vaccination at the earliest and three months prior to transfer. The test needs to have been conducted in an authorized laboratory. A list of authorized facilities can be found at the following web page: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm.
The stipulated period of three months is not applicable in the case of the re-entry of pets from the Republic of Croatia whose passport confirms that the titration of antibodies with a positive result has been carried out before the animal left the Republic of Croatia.
Animals imported and shipped commercially need to be examined by a veterinarian prior to shipment.
*For additional information please contact the Ministry of Agriculture,
Fishing and Rural Development – Administration for Veterinary Medicine
(Tel. +385 1 610 9749; 610 6703 and 610 6669; web: www.mps.hr)
Croatia is covered by a network of veterinary clinics and dispensaries.
Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing
and Rural Development
Administration for Veterinary Medicine