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1. Importing pets from your origin country

Importing cats and dogs to the Russian Federation is a fairly uncomplicated procedure.   There is no quarantine and you do not have to apply for an import permit. However, several veterinary documents are required. 

Stricter import requirements apply to other animals, in particular to birds and exotic animals, but also for rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles and other smaller animals.  Please contact your local vet to find out what kind of documents are necessary to export your pet(s) from your origin country.  Normally you will at least need proof of a valid rabies vaccination and canine/feline infectious diseases (please read the note on vaccinations on the next page) and a health certificate from your local vet.  Depending on your origin country and the particular kind of animal you are planning to ship, you might need several other documents, including certain blood tests and/or additional vaccinations. 

For those of you who are moving to Moscow from Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the Unites States with your pet(s), the following companies provide complete pet moving & transportation services:

CANADA (NOVA SCOTIA)

 

HONG KONG

Kathy Crane / Oakglen Kennels Ltd.

3959 St.Margaret's Bay Road

Hubley, Nova Scotia

Canada B3Z 1C2

Tel.: +1-902-876-2866

E-mail:

 

 

Aeropet Co.

Tel.: +852-2744-3330

Fax: +852-2744-1406

E-mail: HKGAEROPET@aol.com

SINGAPORE

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Mitchville K-9 Kennels

T-92 Seletar West Farmway 1

Singapore 790000

Tel.: +65-6482-0084

Fax: +65-6481-7743

E-mail: mitchville@pacific.net.sg

http://www.mitchville.com.sg

 

 

Global Paws / Snowpine Kennels & Cattery

Contacts: Liz, Michelle and Chris

Honeydew 2040, Johannesburg

South Africa

Tel.: +27-11-662-17-77

E-mail:

          

http://www.globalpaws.co.za

UNITED KINGDOM

 

 

 

Wey Farm Quarantine and Boarding Kennels & Cattery
(recommended by James Hogan from the Mayhew Animal Home in London)

Guildford Road, Ottershaw
Surrey KT13 0QW, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44-1932-87-32-39

        +44-1932-87-35-29
Fax: +44-1932-87-47-58
E-mail:

http://www.weyfarm.co.uk

Contact: Wendy Harris

 

 

UNITED STATES

 

 

 

Air Animal

Tel.: +1-813-879-3210

Fax: +1-813-874-6722

Toll Free: 800-635-3448

E-mail: petmover@airanimal.com

petsfly@aol.com

http://www.airanimal.com

 

World Wide Pet Transport

Tel.: +1-516-625-2683

Fax: +1-516-625-8802

E-mail: Wwpetspal@aol.com

http://www.wwpetspal.com

Russian Federation Import Regulations for Dogs & Cats

In order to import your dog or cat to the Russian Federation you must be in the possession of a valid international veterinary document for your dog or cat with proof of vaccination against rabies and canine/feline infectious diseases and a health certificate from your local vet (this is required for Russian customs).   The animal must have been vaccinated within the last 12 months and preferably at least one month prior to shipping the animal.  Please check with your vet in your origin country on how much in advance the animal must be vaccinated – regulations on this vary from one country to the other.  In Russia and most European countries animals must be vaccinated at least one month prior to departure, whereas in the other countries vets might look upon this differently. 

Note on Rabies Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats Originating in the United States.  Veterinarians in the United States sometimes use rabies vaccines that are valid for 3 years.  These vaccines are not accepted in Russia (they are not available here).   If a cat or dog was vaccinated with such a vaccine in the United States more than 12 months ago, the vaccination will not be considered valid in Russia and you might run into problems at Russian customs.   In such a case, the cat or dog must be re-vaccinated with a rabies vaccine that is valid for one year prior to importing it to Russia.  The re-vaccination is not harmful to the animal.  If a cat or dog with such a 3-year vaccination is imported to Russia within the required 12-month timeframe, the animal should be re-vaccinated in Russia after those 12 months are over - despite the fact that the original vaccination is still valid - in order to keep up the animal’s yearly vaccination record (as is standard in most countries).  Rabies does exist in Russia and proof of a valid rabies vaccination will be required for re-exporting your pet from Russia.   

Health Certificate: Along with the rabies vaccination, you will also need a health certificate from a local vet to import it into the Russian Federation.  This health certificate must state that your pet is healthy and fit to travel and should be issued no more than three days before your pet’s departure from your origin country.  Regulations on this vary though and some countries allow for the health certificate to be issued up to ten days before your pet’s departure. 

Important Note on Traveling with Pregnant Dogs/Cats and Young Puppies/Kittens:  If you are planning to move/travel with a pregnant dog or cat and/or a young puppy or kitten, please contact your local vet as soon as possible.  Pregnant dogs and cats can only be transported up to a certain stage of their pregnancy.  Some airlines will not accept puppies and kittens that are under three months old and/or that have not been weaned for transportation.  Puppies and kittens that are under three months old can be de-wormed but cannot be vaccinated against rabies yet.  As a valid rabies vaccination is the number one entry requirement for pets around the world, you might not be able to travel with puppies or kittens that are under three months old.   Please check with your local vet, your airline, the Embassy of your destination country and a knowledgeable vet in your destination country before attempting to ship a pregnant dog/cat or a young puppy/kitten in order to avoid problems.  

Document Languages: If the original veterinary documents (vaccination records, health certificate, etc.) are not issued in English, they should be translated into English and/or Russian if at all possible and the translation should be notarized.  This can be done either through a Russian Embassy, Russian Consulate or a certified translator's/notary’s office in your origin country.   Documents issues in English are acceptable for Russian customs.

Import Registration of Your Pet at Moscow Airport’s Veterinary Customs Station: We sincerely recommend that you register your pet with the airport veterinary station upon your arrival at the airport in Moscow (Sheremetievo II or Domodedovo airport).  This customs veterinary station is called “Pagraneechnee Vetereenarneee Poonkt” (“Пограничный Ветеринарный Пункт”).  At Moscow’s Sheremetievo II Airport it is located in the Left Wing of the Departures Hall on the 2nd floor and is open 24 hours a day.  Domodedovo airport has a similar border veterinary station located in the Left Wing of the Departure’s Hall on the 1st floor.  The vet at this customs point will stamp your pet’s health certificate and will put a date on it, thereby officially admitting your pet into the Russian Federation. 

Registering your pet for import into the Russian Federation is the only way to prove that you brought it into the country. This is especially important for dogs and any exotic animals and will facilitate an eventual re-export of your animal from Russia.  It is essential that you keep all documents concerning the import of your pet to Russia in a safe place until you re-export the animal from the Russian Federation.   

The vets and customs officers at Moscow’s airport will most likely not speak English, however, Dr. Yuri and Valeria Shishmaryov can meet you at the airport in Moscow when you arrive in order to facilitate the import customs clearance and registration of your pet(s).  If you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet(s), e.g. because of pet travel restrictions during summer months, Yuri & Valeria can meet your pet(s) and handle import formalities at Moscow’s Sheremetievo II and Domodedovo’s cargo airports – a complicated and time-consuming procedure you should not attempt to handle on your own – for you on your behalf.   They can also deliver your pet(s) to your residence in Moscow.If you are not yet going to be in Moscow at the time your pet(s) will arrive in the country and/or you have not yet moved into permanent accommodation and your hotel or landlord of your temporary apartment do not permit pets, Yuri & Valeria can also arrange for temporary boarding of your cat(s) and/or dog(s) here in Moscow. 

Prices for these services depend on the number of pets you are bringing to Moscow and on whether your pet(s) is (are) traveling in the cabin with you, as excess luggage or as cargo.   Please note that all pets arriving in Russia as cargo – regardless of whether they are on the same flight with you (accompanied cargo) or as unaccompanied cargo – are subject to import customs duties.  These are normally in the range of 25% to 35% of the freight costs for the transportation of your pet(s) as indicated on the Air Waybill issued by your airline. 

 Arranging Airport Services

Required Information. Typically you will need the following information from you:

  1. Arrival date
  2. ETA (estimated arrival time) Moscow
  3. Airline and flight number
  4. Airport of arrival in Moscow (Moscow has two large international airports – Sheremetievo II and Domodedovo).
  5. Breed, size, age, color and name of your pet(s).
  6. Your address and contact phone numbers in Moscow and at origin (if you’re not traveling together with your pet).
  7. For cargo shipments – the number of the Air Waybill and freight cost indicated in the Air Waybill (please make sure you specify which currency the freight costs are indicated in; the amount of import duties levied for your pet(s) in Russia will depend on this).

 

2. Exporting pets from the Russian Federation

Exporting cats and dogs from the Russian Federation is a fairly uncomplicated procedure.   However, several veterinary documents are required, including export permits for any dog – regardless of whether you brought the dog with you when you originally moved to Russia or whether you bought or adopted the dog while you were here.  Stricter export requirements apply to other animals, in particular to birds and exotic animals.  Please inquire with us before attempting to ship any pet other than a cat or a dog so that we can advise you on the corresponding export regulations and any possible restrictions that might apply.  

 

Below please find the current export regulations for cats and dogs and some information on the export of other animals.

 

1. Export Regulations for Cats

 

You must be in the possession of a valid international veterinary document for your cat with proof of vaccination* against rabies and feline infectious diseases.   The animal must have been vaccinated at least 1 month prior to leaving Russia, but no more than 12 months ago.   Please make sure that you keep your cat’s vaccination records up to date.   If you do not, you will run into problems when exporting your cat from Russia.   In addition to this you must also obtain a health certificate** from a state-licensed Russian vet, stating that your cat is healthy and fit to travel.  This certificate must be issued no more than three days before the cat is due to be exported from the Russian Federation.

 

Important Note on Traveling with Pregnant Cats and Young Kittens.  If you are planning to move/travel with a pregnant cat or a young kitten, please contact your vet as soon as possible.  Pregnant cats can only be transported up to a certain stage of their pregnancy.  Airlines will not accept kittens that are under three months old and/or that have not been weaned for transportation.  Kittens that are under three months old can be de-wormed but cannot be vaccinated against rabies yet.  As a valid rabies vaccination is the number one entry requirement for pets around the world, you will not be able to travel with kittens that are under three months old.

 

* Please note that your cat must be de-wormed at least seven days before receiving its rabies (or any other) vaccination.   Your vet will supply you with the necessary medication (and the right dose – the dosage depends on the weight, age and overall state of health of your cat) and will administer.

** We sincerely recommend that you visit the airport veterinary station (Sheremetievo II or Domodedovo airport) when leaving Moscow. The veterinary station at Moscow’s Sheremetievo II Airport is located in the Departures Hall on the 2nd Floor in the left wing and is open 24 hours a day. Domodedovo airport has a similar border veterinary station, please ask the customs office for directions. On the basis of the health certificate issued by your Russian vet, the airport vet will issue an international health certificate for your animal in English and Russian, which you might require for importing your pet to your destination country.

 

2. Export Regulations for Dogs

 

You must be in the possession of a valid international veterinary document (international pet passport) for your dog with proof of vaccination* against rabies and canine infectious diseases.   The animal must have been vaccinated at least 1 month prior to leaving Russia, but no more than 12 months ago.   Please make sure that you keep your dog’s vaccination records up to date.   If you do not, you might will into problems when exporting your dog from Russia.    In addition to the pet passport, you must also obtain a health certificate** from a state-licensed Russian vet, stating that the dog is healthy and fit to travel.    This certificate must be issued no more than 3 days before the dog is due to be exported from Russia and is valid for Russian customs only.

 

Furthermore - an official export permit for any dog - regardless of whether you brought the dog with you when you originally moved to Russia or whether you bought or adopted the dog while you were here - must be obtained from the Russian Canine (“Kinological”) Association (RCA),   Tel.: 459-09-03, 459-00-03.   This permit must also be issued no more than three days before the dog is due to be exported from Russia.    It is not necessary to physically present the dog to the RCA, but you must provide the RCA with a photo of your dog, the dog’s pet passport (including proof of all necessary vaccinations) and state the date on which the dog is scheduled to leave Russia.    As it is rather difficult to obtain this export permit from the RCA (especially if you speak little or no Russian), we highly recommend you ask your veterinarian to obtain it on your behalf.

Important Note on Traveling with Pregnant Dogs and Young Puppies.  If you are planning to move/travel with a pregnant dog or a young puppy, please contact your vet as soon as possible.  Pregnant dogs can only be transported up to a certain stage of their pregnancy.  Airlines will not accept puppies that are under three months old and/or that have not been weaned for transportation.  Puppies that are under three months old can be de-wormed but cannot be vaccinated against rabies yet.  As a valid rabies vaccination is the number one entry requirement for pets around the world, you will not be able to travel with puppies that are under three months old.

 

* Please note that your dog must be de-wormed at least seven days before receiving its rabies (or any other) vaccination.   Your vet will supply you with the necessary medication (and the right dose – the dosage depends on the weight, age and overall state of health of your dog) and will administer it.

** We sincerely recommend that you visit the airport veterinary station (Sheremetievo II or Domodedovo airport) when leaving Moscow. The veterinary station at Moscow’s Sheremetievo II Airport is located in the Departures Hall on the 2nd Floor in the left wing and is open 24 hours a day. Domodedovo airport has a similar border veterinary station, please ask the customs office for directions. On the basis of the health certificate issued by your Russian vet, the airport vet will issue an international health certificate for your animal in English and Russian, which you might require for importing your pet to your destination country. 

 

3. Export Regulations for Birds and Other Animals (e.g. Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Turtles)

 

It is extremely difficult and expensive to export any kind of bird from the Russian Federation.   We therefore advise you not to purchase any birds in Russia, unless you have someone who is willing to take the bird when you leave the country.   It can also be difficult to take out smaller animals such as guinea pigs or rabbits and especially exotic animals such as turtles, which do not occur in the natural environment in Russia.  For more information on the export of birds and other small/exotic animals, please contact our preferred vets Dr. Yuri and Valeria Shishmaryov


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