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    We are considering moving to Finland next year and I am wondering how difficult it would be to bring our cat with us. Is there any quarantine laws that prohibit bringing a cat into the country immediately? She has all her vaccinations and we are considered a "non rabies" country.

    Are you able to have a cat in a rented unit or does it depend on the owner and the unit itself?

    Do pets require microchipping in Finland?

    So many questions...


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    We are considering moving to Finland next year and I am wondering how difficult it would be to bring our cat with us. Is there any quarantine laws that prohibit bringing a cat into the country immediately? She has all her vaccinations and we are considered a "non rabies" country.

    Are you able to have a cat in a rented unit or does it depend on the owner and the unit itself?

    Do pets require microchipping in Finland?

    So many questions...
    Hey!!!

    My girlfriend works in a vet station, let me ask if there is any specific requirement from Australia.... anyway answering the other concerns:

    No, there's no quarantine for any domestic animal, I have taken in and out my dogs without problems... (well they have their EU passport, that makes it easier)...
    Yes you need all vaccinations updated, and some specific anti-bodies test (my partner should remember the technical name)....
    Yes it needs the microchip, before enter Finland... attention that should be the EU approved one, not the used in USA....
    Depending on the airline you can take the cat with you on cabin, if it's more than 5 kilos I'm afraid has to go down on cargo section... (no matter I've managed to take on cabin my 8 kgs Parson Russell Terrier, on transatlantic flight with Lufthansa)....
    To have animals on rented apartments is up to the owner, but generally speaking there's no problem, no special permit needed, Finns are great animal lovers....

    hope this is useful...
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    Oh thank you so much. Your information is most helpful. I'm glad to hear it is relatively easy to get a pet in and out of the country.

    I wonder if her old Australian microchip will need to be removed to accommodate the new EU one? That could be a problem since when we return here she will need it

    I didn't know you could take them in the cabin. I was shocked on a flight from LA to Brisbane last year when I realised the girl behind us had cradled a little puppy the whole flight. We hadn't heard a peep out of the little guy all the way.

    You're kidding about the passport thing right? you can't really get an EU passport for your pet can you? I'm going to the Finnish consulate in two days time in Sydney to get my passport - I don't want to embarass myself asking for a passport for my cat too
    Last edited by Cloudberry; 27th-February-2008 at 12:30 AM. Reason: grammatical error

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    You have to ask which microchip system/model you use in Australia, if it is recognised by European scanners fine. Otherwise if you use the American one then doesn’t work, no need to remove it, but to “install” the European one. Doesn’t matter the animal has two microchips, since each one “is readable” only by its system.

    Of course you can take your pet on cabin, depending on the airline, the maximum weight admitted would be 5 kgs (Finnair, British, KLM, Air France) or up to 8 kgs (Lufthansa). Travelling inside its kennel (bag, cage, box…) while this doesn’t exceed the established dimensions for normal hand baggage. Then you have to pay for its ticket, last time I paid 250 euros for the Terrier and before 350 euros for an Irish Setter (this went on cargo of course), some other time I paid 300 euros for my old Golden Retriever, all this flights were Europe to America or viceversa. From Australia sure they’re going to charge you more, ask in every airline.

    And also it is advisable to give some “calm treatment” if the pet happens to be too nervous. DO NOT make it to sleep! Just some tranquillizer, ask your vet.

    No, I AM NOT KIDDING about the pet passport. My scanner is broken, otherwise I would send you a photo of my Quake’s (that’s her name) Italian passport.

    It is already pretty old law for all EU countries: any dog, cat or ferret leaving its home country and travelling inside or out EU, SHOULD hold its own passport. This is normally issued by the local animal health authority or authorised vets, and it includes the vaccinations record as well as the microchip code number (in bars code), optionally you can put your pet’s pic and/or the nose print (just like the human finger prints, they are unique). But this document is only for the European-born pets, for your cat you will need to present in stead a health certificate issued by a chartered vet, no older than 5 days before departure date and the Echinococcus treatment certificate.

    Check the page of Elintarviketurvallisuusvirasto, the Finnish animal, plant and food ministry, it is in English and there you can find all the info, attention there’s a special requirement for “cats coming from Australia”. This is the link: Import from non-EU countries - Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira

    Hope this is helpful.
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    Thank you again Delfin

    That link was excellent, thoroughly outlining all the requirements. I have found out that we also use the passport scheme and will get onto it right away. We will need to begin vaccinating for rabies even though we don't have rabies here.

    I'm also feeling pretty confident about her ability to travel. I just dropped her at a cattery (this is the first time since we adopted her 6mths ago) for a few days whilst we fly to Sydney to get my Finnish passport (so lonely at home without her!). Apart from some meowing in the cat cage on the way she did remarkably well.

    Once there she was suprisingly confident and happy. She is 7yrs old and spent most of her life as a breeding cat in a cage so she is quite adaptable. I think she's going to enjoy her "holiday". She was already checking out her little feline neighbours and purring before I left. I'm sure she will travel internationally quite well.

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    I am happy this info was useful...

    But are you thinking to come for vacation with the cat? It should be a long one in order the long travel worths!

    My partner says you may ask your vet for "Feliway", it is a medication to calm her down a little bit, so the tripo would not be to hard for her...

    By the way what+s her name?


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    No, we would only bring her to Finland if we are moving there next year. We would probably stay in Finland for about one or two years which is much too long to leave her in a cat boarding facility here. Thanks for the medication info. Oh and her name is Siyna (pronounced see-na) and she's a Russian Blue

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    Hey I live in Beijing, and I was kinda wondering about the same thing. I have a puppy, and when our family moves to back to Finland this summer, I plan on taking him with me, but I'm worried about quarantine laws. Do the same rules apply? Will he have quarantine when he gets there or would I be able to bring him to our house right when we land in the airport??
    so many questions, sorry to bother but I couldn't find answers anywhere.

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    Just go to this same web, everything is explained there, for China applies the section B:

    Import from non-EU countries - Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira


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    thanks!! but that has all information about things like going there and stuff. I'm also wondering if there is quarantine for like a certain amount of time (a month) when i get to finland, or can i bring him straight home?

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