Travelling with pets

At border crossing points, your pets will be checked by the customs official, and you will be required to carry an international animal health certificate (veterinary certificate)

If you are travelling abroad with your pet (dog, cat, exotic bird, guinea pig, hamster, etc.), get informed about the border crossing points that you can use to enter or exit the country with your pet, as well as about the documents you will need.

Entry of pets from third countries

The following animals are considered pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, invertebrates (except for bees and crabs), decorative tropical fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, rodents and rabbits.

Pets transported for non-commercial purposes are pets which are not intended for sale or to be handed over to another person, and which are accompanied by the owner or a person authorised by the owner.

Pets may enter the Republic of Croatia only through points of entry designated by the Rulebook on Points of Entry in the Republic of Croatia Designated for the Non-commercial Transport of Pets.

In accordance with the Rulebook, the following points of entry are designated for the entry of pet birds into the Republic of Croatia accompanied by their owner or person authorised by the owner:
  • Road: Bajakovo, Batina, Erdut, Gunja, Gornji Brgat, Ilok, Kamensko, Karasovići, Klek, Ličko Petrovo Selo, Maljevac, Metković, Nova Sela, Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Šamac, Stara Gradiška, Strmica, Tovarnik, Vinjani Donji, Vukovar, Zaton Doli and Županja; 
  • Railway: Tovarnik;
  • Port: Dubrovnik, Ploče, Rijeka, Split and Zadar;
  • River: Drava–Osijek and Vukovar;
  • Airport: Dubrovnik, Mali Lošinj, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar and Zagreb.
The following points of entry are designated for the entry of pet birds into the Republic of Croatia accompanied by their owner or person authorised by the owner:
  • Road: Bajakovo, Karasovići, Nova Sela and Stara Gradiška;
  • Airport: Zagreb.
Pet animals, accompanied by the owner or person authorised by the owner, may enter the Republic of Croatia from Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City State via all points of entry, including ports and airports towards EU where customs supervision is carried out.

Documentation and identification checks of up to five pets entering Croatia for non-commercial purposes are conducted by the officials of the Customs Administration at points of entry at which pets can enter the country.
However, the number of dogs, cats and ferrets as pet animals that are subject to documentary and identity checks at the point of entry, as well as the recording carried out by customs officials may exceed five only if the following requirements are met:
(a) non-commercial movement of pet animals for the purpose of taking part in competitions, shows or sports events or for training for such an event;
(b) the keeper or authorised person has submitted written evidence confirming that the pets have been registered to take part in events mentioned in point (a) or registered with the organisation that is organising such events;
(c) the pets are over six months old.

When moving dogs, cats or ferrets as pet animals, the following requirements must be met:
  • They must be microchipped,
  • if the animal’s microchip (transponder) does not comply with ISO standards 11784 or 11785, but is of a different type, the owner or handler accompanying the pet has to provide the reader needed to read the microchip. At all times it has to be possible to establish the name and address of the animal’s owner. The veterinarian enters the microchip number into the passport or certificate which the owner or handler accompanying the pet carries with the animal.
  • The animal has to travel with a passport or certificate issued by a veterinarian authorised by the competent authority (the passport has to indicate the date until which the vaccination is valid)
  • The animal has be vaccinated against rabies.
Dogs, cats and ferrets originating from high-risk countries must fulfil one other requirement in addition to those listed above:
  • They must be subjected to a neutralising antibody titration test of at least 0.5 IU/ml carried out on a sample taken by an authorised veterinarian, no sooner than 30 days after vaccination and three months before being moved, conducted in an approved laboratory included in the list of approved laboratories.
Movement of animals younger than three months and unvaccinated, which originate from low-risk countries outside the European Union, is permitted if the owner or handler possesses a passport or certificate and if the animals stayed in one place from birth and did not come in contact with wild animals that could have been exposed to the infection, or if they are accompanied by their mother on which they are still dependent.

The admission and temporary stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia of potentially dangerous dogs of the bull-type terrier dog breed that are not entered into the register of the World Canine Organisation (FCI) (pit bull terriers and their crossbreeds) is not allowed.

The rules of mandatory veterinary supervision also apply to the carrying of specific items of animal origin – all types of game hides, and hunting trophies (for which it is also necessary to possess a certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country where the hunting took place), since infectious diseases may also be introduced with such items.

More information about the entry of pet animals can be found in the information leaflet of the Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The entry of more than five pet animals, not covered by the above exemption, is subject to veterinary checks at border inspection posts (border crossing points Bajakovo, Stara Gradiška, Nova Sela, Karasovići, Port of Rijeka, Port of Ploče, Zagreb Airport).