European Union (EU) Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Romania from within the EU, from rabies free countries or from a country with a low incidence of rabies. New pet import regulations for the EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
Romania does not quarantine healthy pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) from the above countries having resided there for the preceeding six (6) months that meet the following requirements in this order:
1. Your pet must have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet michrocip. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
2. If your pet is entering Romania from a rabies-free or rabies – controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination no sooner than 21 days** prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted.
3. If your pet is entering Romania from a high-rabies country, your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be administered (Have your veterinarian scan your pet’s microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Romania no sooner than 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine.
4. If you or your representative are traveling with your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then complete a bi-lingual Annex IV for Romania within 10 days of entry for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are entering Romania from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet.
5. If you or a legal representative are not traveling within 5 days of your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then complete an Annex I for Romania within 48 hours of entry for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are entering Romania from another EU country, then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet. See additional commercial transport rules below.
6. Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. Your airlines may also require a health certificate even if your pet is traveling with you in the cabin or as checked baggage.
This completes a passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Romania.
Once your pet has entered Romania, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements listed above are met.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Romania by air from outside of the EU and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. You must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet’s transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:
Your pet must originate from another EU or rabies-controlled country.
All requirements listed above must be met. (Annex I form instead of Annex IV form)
Your pet must be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate.
If your pet is entering Romania from another rabies-controlled country, it must enter through a Border Inspection Post approved to clear live animals and notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
Banned Dogs: the following dog breeds are not permitted to enter Romania: American Pitt Bull Terrier, Boerboel and Ban Dog
Commercial Movements: effective December 29, 2014, if you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), travel from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Romania through a Border Inspection Post (if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
Exporting Pets from Romania: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Romania must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to Romania, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Romania. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Romania. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.