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Pets to Bring into Croatia

No quarantine restrictions are in effect for the importation of household pets. Croatia requires that your pet be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit non-encrypted microchip and be accompanied by a certificate of good health using the proper form indicating that the pet is healthy and has been vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to travel.

Unvaccinated pets (dogs and cats only) under 3 months old may be able to enter Croatia, but there are additional regulations that must be met. Certain aggressive breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry. Five or more pets are considered a commercial importation and require additional forms and different rules apply.

In order for an EU Pet Passport to be issued, the pet must be micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies. It will generally satisfy the entry requirements for importing a pet into Croatia.

If the animal is arriving at the same time as the owner, appropriate papers are all that is needed for customs clearance. If pets arrive as airfreight, a Croatian veterinarian must be at the airport to clear the animals. If pets are shipped as cargo, avoid weekend arrival dates at all cost, as the cargo Customs office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. If you decide to ship your pet, contact the local airlines for price quotes.

Pets entering from a country with a high incidence of rabies may require a serological (blood titre) test performed between 90 and 180 days prior to entering the country. This test must be performed at an approved laboratory. Failure to comply with these regulations will not only mean that the pet is refused entry but that the relevant authority in consultation with an authorised vet can decide to return the pet home, or place the pet in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet; or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be envisaged.

All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibian, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Owners travelling with pet's other than dogs, cats and ferrets are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

Several well-trained veterinarians practice in Zagreb, including some who make house calls. There is a clinic that keeps animals for extended periods of time when surgery is necessary. Dog and cat food is widely available in the local pet stores, grocery stores and other outlets. Brands available include Iams, Whiskas, Purina, Sheba, etc. If your animal is finicky, bring a supply of its favourite food. Kitty litter is also available locally. Local pet stores have food for hamsters, birds and fish as well. Croats love dogs, and it is easy to find items such as brushes, bones, leashes, flea/tick collars, etc.





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