Veterinary Control

Import/export procedure for domestic animals (cats
and dogs)

It is determined by the regulatory documents as follows:

  • By the decision of the Commission of the Customs Union dated 18 June 2010 No 317 On the Application of Veterinary and Sanitary Measures in the Eurasian Economic Union;
  • By the order of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture dated 07 November 2011 No 404 On Approval of the Administrative Regulations of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance concerning the Provision of a Public Service for the Issuance of Permits for Import into the Russian Federation and Export from the Russian Federation as well as Transit through its Territory of Animals, Animal Products, Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use, Feed and Feed Additives for Animals;
  • By the order of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture dated 27 December 2016 No 589 On the Approval of Veterinary Rules for Arranging for the Registration of Accompanying Veterinary Documents, the Procedure for the Registration of Accompanying Veterinary Documents in Electronic Form and the Procedure for Issuing Accompanying Veterinary Documents in Hard Copy.

Domestic animals (cats, dogs) carried across the territory of the Russian Federation, when sent to the CIS countries and carriage of pets within the Eurasian Economic Union

Domestic animals are carried through the territory of the Russian Federation on the basis of the order of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture dated 27 December 2016 No 589 On the Approval of Veterinary Rules for Arranging for the Registration of Accompanying Veterinary Documents, the Procedure for the Registration of Accompanying Veterinary Documents in Electronic Form and the Procedure for Issuing Accompanying Veterinary Documents in Hard Copy.

In accordance with paragraph 16 of the Order, no accompanying veterinary documents are required for the carriage of domestic, service and/or decorative animals across the territory of the Russian Federation without a change in ownership and not related to the implementation of any entrepreneurial activities except for carrying them for exhibition events

In carrying animals to CIS countries, the owner of the animal must obtain a veterinary certificate of Form 1 in the state veterinary service of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation and certify it with the seal of the veterinary authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation from which the animal is to be exported.

The validity of a veterinary certificate is 5 days from the registration until the start of carriage.

Domestic animals are carried within the Eurasian Economic Union (the Russian Federation, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic) from the territory of one country to the territory of another during the whole time of carriage (transportation) with the veterinary certificates of the Customs Union Form 1 issued by the authorised bodies in the field of veterinary medicine (the veterinary authority of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation).

In carrying live animals within the customs territory of the Customs Union, no permit of the authorised bodies is required.

Domestic animals (cats, dogs) imported from abroad

Cats and dogs are imported from abroad with a veterinary certificate issued by the state veterinary authority of the exporting country in accordance with veterinary importation provisions for the Russian Federation.

An authorised veterinarian of the country, from which animals are imported, shall mark the veterinary passport to prove a clinical examination of the animal within 5 days before shipment.

In addition, for the importation of more than 2 heads of dogs and cats into the territory of the Russian Federation, it is required to issue a permit from the Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance). For this it is necessary to apply to the state veterinary authority of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

Procedure for registration of domestic animals when exporting from the Russian Federation

The owner of an animal must first contact the state veterinary authority at the place of residence or the actual location of the animal (the district’s animal disease control station, state veterinary clinic).

In various countries, there are special animal import requirements. The laws of some European countries provide for isolating animals in quarantine for a period of one to six months.

Some states have restrictions on the importation of animals of certain species, for example, there may be a ban on the importation of fight dogs. Additional documents (for example, breeding value certificates), the information on additional examination (determination of antibodies to rabies titer), which you should make inquiries in advance at the consulate or embassy of the country where you are going to be.

For the execution of accompanying veterinary documents on animals at the checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation, it may take quite some time, so plan your trip in advance in order to avoid missing the flight.