How do I get a dog across the border by car?

How do I get a dog across the border by car?

Traveling with Pets is not as difficult as many people think. If you are going on a road trip to another country with your pet, prepare all the documents that will be required from you at customs in advance. In our article, you will see step-by-step instructions on how to cross the border with a dog and what you need to do.

1) International veterinary passport

Most likely, you have already issued a veterinary passport when you got a dog. If not, you can buy it at any veterinary clinic or pet store. This passport contains all the basic information about the pet: vaccinations, identification marks, owner, etc.

2) Chipping

To import a dog to many countries, including the European Union, your animal will need to have a microchip implanted under the skin. Thanks to this chip, you can make sure that the pet belongs to you, as well as track its location in case of loss. To make the chipping can be done at any veterinary clinic that is in the database AnimalFace.

3) Rabies vaccination

If you gave your dog a rabies vaccination more than a year ago or never did it at all, you will need to get a new one no later than 3 weeks before the date of entry to another country. If you did this vaccination less than a year ago, you can make a new one any day before you leave.

4) Veterinary certificate №1

After the animal is vaccinated, you need to get a veterinary certificate #1, with which you can travel around the territory of Belarus and Kazakhstan. To get it, you need to go with your pet to the state veterinary clinic. You must purchase the certificate no more than 10 days before departure.

5) Exchange certificate №1 for certificate №5

You will need to exchange the previously received certificate №1 for a new certificate №5. It is necessary for finding a pet outside the Customs agreement countries. Please note that this document is only valid for 5 days. Therefore, during this time, you will need to have time to cross the border.

6) Veterinary certificate for the European Union

This certificate is required if you are going to be located in European countries. It is issued together with the certificate #5, so you do not have to go to the veterinary clinic again for it.

7) Customs Declaration

You will need to do this step directly at customs. You will be given a copy of the completed Declaration, which you will need to provide at the end of the trip when crossing the border back.


Check whether there are any additional requirements for transporting animals in the specific countries where you will be located.

You can only cross the border with animals through customs points where there is a veterinarian. Check the list of suitable items on the website of the Eurasian economic Commission in advance.

As you can see, there are some nuances in traveling with a dog. Start collecting the necessary documents in advance, and then you will not face any fuss and unnecessary worries.

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