How to Relocate your Pets to Switzerland

Bringing pets with you when you move countries can be a big worry. What will it cost? Will they cope with the stress? What do I need to do before moving them? Here we’ll cover all of preparations and procedures required to bring your furry friends to Switzerland.

A microchip is mandatory, as the microchip ID number is the only acceptable form of identification for your pet. It should be to ISO Standard 784/Annex A to ISO Standard 785.

Next, it’s important to ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date – first, for dogs:

  • Rabies – Within the last year or a minimum of 4 weeks before departure.
  • Parvo, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis and Distemper (available as a group vaccination called DHLPP).

The recommendation for cats is as follows:

  • Rabies – Within the last year or a minimum of 4 weeks before departure.
  • Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis which are again part of a group vaccination called FVRCP.

Next on the list is an EU Vet Health Certificate (form EC#998) and a USDA endorsement on the following records: rabies certificate, the EU Vet Health Certificate mentioned previously and it is recommended to get your Microchip Implantation Record endorsed as well.

Finally, you will need an International Health Certificate for your pet. These should be available at your vet’s office and must be filled in by your vet within 0 days of travel. An additional USDA endorsement may be required for this document.

All of the original documents mentioned above must travel with your pets. If the owner is not on the same flight as the pet, a note from the pet owner’s employer confirming relocation, a copy of the owner’s passport and the owner’s flight itinerary must also be provided.


Saskia Petz

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