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How to Relocate With a Pet in Albania

Relocating to a new country is stressful both for the owner and the pet travelling. However, what can be done to ease the process is to get properly informed regarding all the regulations that must be followed and plan accordingly.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you go through the process:

Pet Passport

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Your pet will need a pet passport to enter Albania. This passport serves as a record of your pet’s identification and health status, including vaccinations and treatments, and must be kept up-to-date. Make sure to obtain and complete the pet passport well in advance of your travel date.

Microchip Requirement

Your pet must be identified with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip to be able to travel. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO compliant, you should bring your own microchip scanner, which should purchase before travelling. The microchip must be implanted by a veterinarian, and documentation must be provided.

Vaccinations

A rabies vaccination is mandatory for pets entering Albania from rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. This vaccine should be given at least 21 days before entry and should be valid per the vaccine manufacturer’s expiration date. If the vaccination was done before microchipping, it must be repeated after the microchip implantation.

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Rabies Titer Test

A rabies titer test is recommended for pets coming from high-rabies countries to ensure they have adequate levels of rabies antibodies.

Health Certificate

A health certificate is a document completed by an accredited veterinarian within 10 days of travel. It must be bilingual and endorsed by a government veterinarian if required by the country of origin.

An EU Pet Passport does not replace this health certificate.

Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

While not mandatory, a tick and tapeworm treatment is recommended due to the availability of these parasites in Albania.

Transportation

Pet owners are responsible for purchasing their pet’s travel tickets. Large animals are typically transported in the baggage section along with the luggage. Small animals, such as cats and small dogs under 8 kg (including the weight of their carrier), can travel in the cabin with their owners.

An import permit is not required when bringing a personal pet into Albania.

Entry Point

Pets must enter Albania through Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza in Rinas. You need to check that your pet shows no signs of disease communicable to humans. If your pet appears unhealthy, immediate examination by a veterinarian at your expense may be required.

Banned Breeds and Other Animals

Albania does not have a published list of banned breeds. However, for animals other than cats, dogs, or ferrets, such as birds, reptiles, or rodents, specific import requirements may apply, including health certificates and possibly additional permits if they are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Recommended Vet Clinics in Tirana

If you’re in Tirana, Albania and are looking for good vet services, here are some good clinics we suggest.

Shtëpia e Kafshëve të Vogla

O & B Vet Clinic

Vet Hospital

Pets and Partners

Ready to Travel With Your Little Buddy?

Make sure to check all the guidelines accurately before travelling to Albania. This will ensure a stress-free relocation process for you and your pet.

For additional information, you may want to consult the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Europe about foreigners travelling with a pet to Albania.

If you need assistance with your relocation process, feel free to contact us. We’d love to help!

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