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Traveling with Your Pets to Germany

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Birge Amondson, licensed to about.com

Taking Your Pets to Germany:

Planning a trip to Germany but don’t want to leave without your four-footed friend?
If you'd like to travel with your pet to Germany, make sure to plan ahead well in advance and know the rules. Check out these important regulations and helpful travel tips for you, your pooch, and your cat.

Traveling with Pets - Vaccination and Papers:

You need to present the following documents when entering Germany with your pet:

  • Valid rabies vaccination (at least 30 days but no more than 12 months prior to the entry to Germany)
  • Bilingual veterinary certificate (English/German)
  • Your pet needs to be identified by a microchip (standard: ISO 11784 or ISO11785 ); your vet can do this, and it is not painful for the animal.

You can download the required documents and get updated and detailed information on the official Website of the German Embassy

Air Travel with Pets:

Many airlines allow small pets in the passenger cabin (dogs under 10 pounds), while larger pets are considered “Live Cargo” and will be shipped in the cargo hold of the airplane. Make sure to get a good kennel or crate for your furry friend.

Notify your airline well in advance about your pet and ask about their pet policy; some airlines require an international health certificate.
For detailed information on airlines and their rules regarding pets, check out this article on About.com's website for air travel.

Dogs in Germany:

Germany is a very dog-friendly country, but the following breeds are considered dangerous by the government: Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers. Rules vary from federal state to federal state, but generally, these breeds are not allowed to stay longer in Germany than four weeks.

Train Travel With Pets in Germany:

Small to medium-sized dogs, who can travel in a cage or basket, can be taken free of charge on German trains and buses.
For larger dogs, you have to buy a ticket (half price); for safety reasons, larger dogs also have to be on a leash and wear a muzzle.

Dogs in Restaurants and Hotels in Germany:

Dogs are allowed in most hotels and restaurants in Germany; some hotels might charge you extra for your dog (between 5 and 20 Euro).
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