The import provisions apply both to the commercial import of dogs, cats and ferrets (i.e. a change of owner is involved) and to entry into Switzerland with more than five pets (i.e. no change of owner involved). They not apply to private journeys with dogs, cats and ferrets.
The following conditions must be fulfilled before these animals can be imported:
It is forbidden to import dogs with docked ears and/or tails (see below under "More information"). The veterinary examination (no earlier than 48 hours before departure) must be confirmed in the official (TRACES) certificate.
The veterinary officer in the country of origin must send an electronic TRACES notification. The cantonal authority must record the establishment of destination in Switzerland in the TRACES electronic system before the first import takes place.
The animals must be accompanied by a TRACES certificate 92/65 E1. Only the stamped and signed original will be accepted.
Special permits to import dogs or cats that do not comply with the import provisions are only issued in rare cases, e.g. if the animals cannot be vaccinated against rabies for medical reasons (stated in a veterinary certificate) (see below under "Import application").
The protective measures in force on the day of import apply in all cases.
For the keeping of wild animals a licence might be required. Applications for licences should be made to the competent Cantonal Veterinary Office. The affected species of animal are listed in the Animal Protection Ordinance, Article 89-92 (in French).
Authorisation from the Cantonal Veterinary Office is required if the animals are being imported for one of the following purposes:
Please obtain information from the competent Cantonal Veterinary Office.