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Flying with Your Dog to Germany – What You Need to Know

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 5 ·
flying with your dog to Germany

No matter why you’re going to Germany, you should see if you can bring your dog along with you. Maybe you’re going on vacation, or you’re moving to Germany. Or perhaps you’re going there for work. Either way, if you’re going to be in the country for a while, it’s good to bring your furry friend. So here’s everything you need about flying with your dog to Germany. 

First, Discuss Travel Plans With Your Dog’s Veterinarian

No matter why you want to bring your dog to Germany, you’ll want to check with your vet first. Before you make any flight plans, you’ll want to ensure that your dog is physically and mentally prepared for flight.

Also, there are many different requirements you’ll need to meet to get your dog on board the plane and into Germany. But, again, your vet will be able to help you meet those requirements.

So, before you make any plans, talk to your vet to ensure that it’s a good option for you and your furry friend.

Your vet can give them a good check-up to ensure they’re as healthy as they can be and can give them any shots or boosters they may need. In addition, they can help you get all the documents you’ll need to bring your dog with you.

In addition, you can talk about your dog’s needs with your vet. For example, if your pup is prone to separation anxiety, you might decide to leave your dog behind with a trusted professional dog sitter or a family member.

On the other hand, if your dog has to go with you (maybe you’re moving or you’ll be in Germany for a few months), your vet can discuss how best to prepare your dog for the flight.

Finally, your vet can tell you the best ways to care for your dog before, during, and after the flight. 

Requirements To Get Your Dog Into Germany

First, your dog is going to need an EU pet passport. This passport is a document that a European veterinarian must fill out to ensure valid in the EU.

If your dog already has a passport and it’s still valid, then there’s not much else you’ll need to do. Your dog won’t be required to get a vaccination. However, it’ll be good to give them a good check-up anyway to be on the safe side.

You don’t want to bring unwanted diseases to Germany accidentally, and you certainly don’t want your dog to accidentally pick up an illness.

On the other hand, if your pup doesn’t have an EU pet passport yet, then there are a few things you’ll need to do.

A pet passport cannot be obtained in the United States, so you’ll need all the following documents. Then, when you get to Germany, you can have an EU vet take a look and issue them a passport for future travels.

You’ll need to get the following to get into Germany:

  • A 15-digit ISO compliant microchip (if it’s non-compliant, then you can bring your microchip scanner)
  • Rabies vaccination (at least 30 days before entering Germany)
  • A USDA Accredited Veterinarian issue an EU health certificate
  • Have APHIS endorse the EU health certificate

In addition, it’s not required to have your dog tested or treated for tapeworm. However, it’s good to have it checked out for your peace of mind.

The dog needs to have their rabies vaccination at least 30 days before going to Germany. However, the vaccination cannot be in their system for more than 12 months. 

On the other hand, if your dog is under 15 weeks old, they are not allowed into Germany. If they are older than 15 weeks, they must have the rabies vaccination at least 30 days before entering the country. 

When your dog arrives in Germany, they won’t need to go through a quarantine period, as long as all of their requirements are met. However, your dog will go through a physical exam from a vet upon arrival.

If your pup is healthy, you can bring them home right away. Otherwise, they’ll need to examine and test your dog further at your expense. 

How Your Dog Will Fly On The Airplane

When flying to Germany, your dog can travel in a few different ways. For example, they can go in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), your pet might be more comfortable in the cargo hold. It’s dim and quiet, so if your pup has anxiety, it might be more soothing for them to be in there.

However, the airlines do not take responsibility for the care and wellbeing of your pet before, during, and after the flight. So, you’ll need to fly with your dog at your own risk.

You’ll be able to keep a better eye on your dog if they’re in the cabin with you. However, it’s good to talk about it with your vet first. For example, the cargo hold might be more soothing for them, but if they have separation anxiety from you, it could further stress them.

Also, it’ll depend on how big your dog is. For example, small dogs can sit in the cabin with you. On the other hand, medium or large dog breeds will have to go into the cargo hold because they won’t be able to fit in the cabin with you.

Either way, when you book your flight, you’ll need to tell the airline that you’ll bring a pet. If the crate and the animal are small enough to fit under your seat in the cabin, then the dog can be with you. Otherwise, they’ll have to go into the cargo hold. 

Banned Dog Breeds In Germany

Germany doesn’t have a banned dog breed list. However, certain breeds need to be extra careful.

These rules are applied to the following dog breeds:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bull Terrier

The only exception to this rule is if the dog has been in Germany before or lived in the country. Also, the dog is okay if they are a:

  • Service dog
  • Security dog
  • Civil Protection dog
  • Rescue dog

Your Dog’s Comfort Comes First

Flying on an airplane is scary for most humans, let alone dogs who don’t understand what a plane is, how it works, or where they’re going.

For instance, they may feel safer and more comfortable in the cargo hold, but if your dog has separation anxiety or is afraid to try new things, the dark cargo hold (and being away from you) may stress them further.

You’ll want to work with your vet to ensure that your dog is fully prepared. 

So, here are some tips to ensure that your dog is prepared to fly:

  • Purchase plane tickets that have as few layovers and connections as possible
  • Choose arrival times to avoid extreme heat or cold
  • Train your dog to get used to their carrier
  • Discuss any anxiety needs with your vet beforehand
  • If your dog goes into the cabin, check-in as late as possible
  • If your dog goes into the cargo hold, check-in as early as possible
  • Walk your dog before your flight and immediately after arrival
  • Avoid food and drink a few hours before the flight

These tips will help reduce stress for your dog, and they’ll also keep them as healthy as possible.

Overall, you want to keep the flight as safe and positive as possible for your pup. First, however, you need to keep up with the country and state you’re entering and the airline’s requirements.

Should You Fly With Your Dog to Germany?

If your dog is healthy enough and meets all the requirements, it’ll be a fun trip for you both.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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