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The Movement of Pet Animals

The Movement of Pet Animals

This webpage was last updated on 22. Nov. 2022

Travel to Hungary with dogs, cats and ferrets of non-commercial purpose


The movement of pet animals of non-commercial purposes to EU and between EU member states is regulated by 576/2013/EU Regulation until April 21st 2026.

Hungarian implementing Regulation is 21/2015. (IV.30.) Ministerial Decree.

Summarized requirements applicable when entering into Hungary from outside the EU:

  • up to 5 animal's movement can be considered as non-commercial
  • the animal(s) has/have to be accompanied by the owner or a person responsible
  • the animal(s) has/have to be identified with a microchip (explanatory note by European Commission)
  • the dog/cat/ferret(s) must have a valid rabies vaccination
  • must have an EU pet passport OR a certificate provided by 577/2013/EU Regulation.
  • rabies serological test is only required when the third county of origin is not listed in 577/2013/EU Regulation.
  • if rabies serological test is needed, the result has to be at least or equal to 0,5 IU/ml, carried out at least 30 days after vaccination and three months before being moved. 
  • rabies serological test shall carry out in one of the EU approved laboratories

  • EU approved laboratory for rabies serological test in Hungary (see point II.)

Waiting period does not mean spending the 3 month in a quarantine facility, but the animal has to remain in the country of origin in that 3 month period after the blood sample was taken.

If the rabies serological test had been carried out with a favourable result, and the animal has been revaccinated before the validation of the vaccination would have been expired according to the manufacturer's recommendation, the rabies serological test is valid for the lifetime of the animal, no additional rabies serological test shall be carry out.

Hungary’s decision regarding the application of the derogation from the anti-rabies vaccination condition for young dogs and cats in accordance with Articles 7 and 11 of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013, and Article 10 of Directive 92/65/EEC (trade)

With reference to the explanatory note Ares(2014)3646259 - 03/11/2014, “young dogs and cats” mean dogs and cats which are less than 12 weeks old and have not received an anti-rabies vaccination or are between 12 or 16 weeks old and have received an anti-rabies vaccination but are not yet fully protected”.

(1)   “yes” (Hungary accept the introduction of young dogs and cats into its territory)

(2)   “no” (Hungary refuse the introduction of young dogs and cats into its territory)


Article 7

Article 11






National Rules Applying To Entry of Pets Less Than 3 Months in Other Member States

Summarized requirements applicable when entering into Hungary from other EU countries:

Travelling with pet bird(s) to Hungary from outside the EU

Movement of pet birds accompanying their owners into Hungary from outside the EU is regulated by 2019/1933/EU and 2019/1938/EU regulation with the applicable model health certificate and declaration in its Annex. 

Travel to Hungary from outside the EU with pet animals other than dogs, cats, ferrets and pet birds (e.g. rodents, reptilia, amphibia) of non-commercial purpose

  • up to 5 animal's movement can be considered as non-commercial 
  • the animal(s) has/have to travel with the owner or a person responsible 
  • health certificate provided here can be used to accompany the animal, but no legal obligation existing for the use of it (in case of air transport IATA can have requirement an accompanying document to have).

Pet animal (border) entry points of EU (including Hungary):

Relevant EU webpage:

Short videos on eradicating rabies in Europe

Relevant pieces of legislation:

  • 2013/519/EU Commission Implementing Decision laying down the list of territories and third countries authorised for imports of dogs, cats and ferrets and the model health certificate for such imports
  • New rules as from 1 January 2012 with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011/EU supplementing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards preventive health measures for the control of Echinococcus multilocularis infection in dogs
  • 2011/874/EU Commission Implementing Decision of 15 December 2011 laying down the list of third countries and territories authorised for imports of dogs, cats and ferrets and for non-commercial movements of more than five dogs, cats and ferrets into the Union and the model certificates for imports and non-commercial movements of those animals into the Union


The animal health requirements are determined by the concerned third country. The known English languaged third country pet animal information webpages are the following: