Moving overseas with your pet to Sweden
Need to move your pets to another country?
Attention: Schumacher Cargo Logistics Inc. provides this information to be used as general guidelines and may not be up to date to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.
SWEDEN IMPORT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
- Microchip: Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785- otherwise the pet will need to be sent with it’s own scanner attached to the top of the crate.
- Rabies Vaccination & Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain Ð some are good for two years, others are only good for one. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.
- Rabies Titer / FAVN-OIE Tests: This test needs to be done 120 days after the most recent rabies shot but no later than 365 days. FAVN or Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and will need to be approved by an approved Government Facility prior to export (i.e. the USDA).
To obtain a FAVN test:
Your vet will need to send a serum sample, accompanied by a completed FAVN Report Form, to the Kansas State University lab* to do the FAVN test. The Kansas State Lab will then send the FAVN Report Form with the results of the test back to the submitting clinic.
Kansas State University
2005 Research Park Circle
Manhattan, KS 66502
If the FAVN test is approved:
The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above in order to qualify for entry.
*Please call KSU prior to sending the blood to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location. We also suggest, prior to shipping the blood, that you ask how they want the blood container labeled and how they want it sent to them. These labs do change their policy often, so its best to double check with them.
NOTE: Only FAVN test is approved.
- Echinococcus Treatment: Dogs and Cats must have a tapeworm (echinococcus) treatment no more than 10 days before arriving. This treatment shall be repeated within 7 days after arriving. Both treatments, including the name and dosage shall be certified in the Certificate listed in step #6. The treatment used MUST contain the ingredient — praziquantel — and be administered in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#: 998): This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian. If your pet is going to be traveling as ‘unaccompanied cargo’ you will need the commercial variant, which needs to be issued and USDA endorsed within 24 hours of departure. This means that the tapeworm treatment (step 4) and International Health Certificate (step 7) must also be done within that 24 hour time period.
- USDA Endorsement: The above referenced forms:
- Microchip Implantation Record
- Rabies Certificate
- Rabies Titer Test Results
- EU Vet Health Certificate
Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your local representative on the best way of handling this.
- International Health Certificate: Within 10 days of departure your vet will need to issue an International Health Certificate as required by all airlines. This certificate states that your pet is in good health and OK to fly.
Written by Martyn Cohen
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