New rules for travelling with your dog, cat or ferret

Published 03.05.2013 | Modified 02.03.2015

From 1st May 2013, the rules for bringing your dog, cat or ferret to Norway have changed. Find out the rules in plenty of time before your travel, and make sure to prepare properly.

From May 1st 2013 the requirements for bringing pet animals to Norway will be as follows:

From EU-countries and Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State

  • EU-passport, or national passport in accordance with regulations 998/2003 or 577/2013, for  Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State
  • ID (microchip). For animals that were identified after 3 July 2011, the only valid identification is microchip. Animals that have been identified with tattoo prior to this date are accepted provided the tattoo is still readable. To insert a Micro Chip you need to contact the vet. Identity number must be entered in the passport. The microchip/transponder must be implanted before the animal is vaccinated against rabies.
  • Vaccination against rabies according to what the producer of the vaccine recommends. The first vaccine has to be given at least 21 days ahead of arrival. The animal has to be identified before changes are made to the passport.
  • Dogs need to be treated with a medicine containing praziquantel against Echinococcus multilocularis minimum 24 and maximum 120 hours before arrival. Alternatively it is accepted that dogs can be treated every 28th day throughout the year. Before entering Norway the animals on this regime must have been treated twice within 28 days, and the treatment must then continue regularly. Tapeworm treatment has to be documented in the passport by a veterinarian.
  • When arriving in Norway, the animal and the owner must contact the Customs at the border.


Dogs coming directly from Finland, UK, Ireland and Malta do not need to be treated against Echinococcus multilocularis.

Dogs entering from Sweden do not need rabies vaccine and the owner does not need to contact the Customs at the border. It is a prerequisite that dogs are legally imported to Sweden. Dogs imported from Sweden must be treated against tapeworm and the treatment must be documented in the passport. This is the same as for dogs from other EU-countries.

Cats from Sweden do not need rabies vaccine, nor micro chipping or tapeworm-treatment. Cats from other member states, do not need tapeworm treatment, but have to be identified with microchip and passport. They also need to be vaccinated against rabies.

From listed third countries, not included  Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State

The regulations are the same as for animals coming from EU-countries, except that you will need a veterinary health-certificate if you do not have an EU-passport.

The animals must be checked by a veterinarian at the border. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority( NFSA) has to be notified at least 48 hours prior to arrival. If the animal has been controlled in another EU-country (Entry point), it is considered an "EU-animal" and can enter Norway without contacting NFSA in advance.

From not listed third countries

  • Veterinary certificate (or passport)
  • ID (microchip). Same requirements as for animals coming from EU-countries.
  • Treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis within 24 ¡V 120 hours before arrival.

There is no longer requirement for quarantine for pets from unlisted third countries. What is needed in addition to microchip, health-certificate and tapeworm-treatment, is:

  • Rabies vaccine
  • Blood-sample for control of antibodies after 30 days, then you have to wait for 90 days after a positive blood-test (above 0.5 IE/ml) before entering Norway.
  • Veterinary health-certificate, if you do not have an EU-passport
  • The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has to be notified at least 48 hours ahead of arrival, and you have to enter Norway through Oslo (Gardermoen) or Storskog in Northern Norway.

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