If you’re planning to move to Luxembourg with your furry friends there is some administration you should know about. City Savvy’s Rute Vendeirinho guides you through all the steps it takes to move your pets to Luxembourg.
Once you have successfully moved your pet to Luxembourg see the City Savvy Guide “Pets in the City: Support” for information on veternarians, dog walkers, grooming, pet sitters & hotels and more.
Before leaving your home country
The first thing you should need to do is to check with your local veterinarian that you have all the necessary documentation and that your pet has had all necessary vaccinations.
All dogs, cats and ferrets need a passport for travelling within the EU. Rabbits and rodents may travel without a passport but should be declared at the border. The EU Pet Passport is a booklet, identical for all European countries, which contains obligatory information concerning an individual animal (e.g. identification number and proof of valid vaccine against the rabies virus). If you are coming from the UK you will find all the information you need here. For all animals coming from outside EU; once your pet is in Luxembourg, a Luxembourg vet can issue an EU Pet Passport allowing travel within Europe. For more general information on the EU Pet Passport, click here.
Identification by a microship: Required for all animals travelling within European Union countries other than Ireland, Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom. Also required for all animals from the USA and Canada.
Veterinary Certificate: Required for all animals and should state the owners details, a description of the animal, details of identification and vaccinations.
Valid vaccine against rabies: Required for all animals travelling within European Union countries other than Ireland, Finland, Malta and the United Kingdom. Also required for all animals from the USA and Canada (in any case, it is advised that your pet has a rabies anti-body titration test).
If one of these requirements are not met, you run the risk that your pet will be vaccinated upon arrival and put in quarantine for 30 days or confined at home for one month which will be monitored.
Flying with your pet
Each country has its own regulations for pets, so the best thing to do is to fly your pet directly to Luxembourg. If you stop over in another country you will have to ensure you meet that countries regulations.
It is prudent to make a special reservation with your chosen airline to bring your pet over as cargo (excess luggage is only for small pets up to 5 kilo when transported in the cabin and only with permission of the captain). Check with your airline regarding pet carriers and check-in time. It is wise to stop feeding about 8 hours before departure and to stop giving water in the last 2 hours.
If you arrive in to Luxembourg with a dog you should be aware that there are some additional steps. Dogs must be declared at your local Municipal Office (Commune) within four months of arrival in Luxembourg and an annual dog tax must be paid. If you move to a different Commune later on, you must register your dog again within one month of arriving in your new Commune.
To register your dog at the Commune you need to provide the following information:
1. Veterinary certificate stating the breed and proof of vaccination against the rabies virus. If the dog is considered dangerous, this must also be stated and there are additional steps to be taken which can be read about here (in French).
2. Proof of liability insurance for any damages that may be caused by your dog.
3. A registration form. For a sample registration form, please click here.
Please note that newcomers in a Commune do not have to pay the dog tax if they can prove that they have already paid the tax in the previous commune of residence. No dog tax is paid for guide dogs.
The Luxembourg Veterinary Administration Services (Administration des Services Vétérinaires) can be contacted if you need more information about pets or exotic animals.
Administration des Services Vétérinaires
Address: 67 rue Verte, Bâtiment « OMEGA II », L–2667 Luxembourg
Contact: tel. 24 78 35 33 or email
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