Pet Relocation to Russia


Bringing pets into the Russian Federation; Importing cats and dogs is a fairly uncomplicated procedure. There is no quarantine and you do not have to apply for an import permit. Stricter import requirements apply to other animals, in particular to birds and all exotic animals, but also to rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles and other smaller animals. Please contact a knowledgeable veterinarian in Russia before attempting to ship any pet other than a cat or a dog to Russia so that he/she can advise you on the corresponding import regulations. All dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate showing that the animal had been vaccinated at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, prior to entering the Russian Federation. Pets must also be accompanied by a Export Health Certificate signed, stamped and dated with 5 days by a licensed government veterinarian in country of origin. These are guidelines only which are subject to change. Contact the Embassy of the Russian Federation for current requirements about relocating pets into their country.