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Travelling with cats or dogs to Norway

Important information for anyone bringing a cat or dog into Norway: 

1. The cat/dog must be micro-chipped. 

2. The cat/dog must have an EU-approved pet passport. 

3. The cat/dog must have been vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before entering Norway. You must check in your pet passport to see whether the vaccination is still valid and that the vaccination period has not been exceeded. It is also important that your cat or dog is at least 12 weeks old when it receives its first vaccination. 

4. Only applies to dogs: The dog must have been treated for tapeworm (Echinococcusmultilocularis) 1–5 days (24–120 hours) before entering Norway. The treatment must have been administered by a vet and confirmed by the vet in the dog’s pet passport. 

5. The animal and accompanying documents must be checked by the Norwegian Customs at the border crossing. You must therefore drive into the red channel on arrival. 

It is very important that you follow the rules. Failure to do so could have serious consequences. 


If you have not followed these rules, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority may decide that your pets must be: 

  • returned to their country of origin, or
  • quarantined until the conditions of importation have been met, or
  • euthanized – while this is a last resort, it is a real possibility if it the violations are serious enough. 

As a pet owner, you are financially liable for all rule violations.

Failure to have your dog dewormed will cost a minimum of NOK 7,000, and the dog will be taken into custody and quarantined for 24 hours.

If your cat/dog does not have a valid rabies vaccination certificate, ID marking or pet passport, it will be taken into custody for several weeks and placed in quarantine.

This could cost you between NOK 8,700 and NOK 30,000. 

The length of quarantine will depend on the rule violation and the decision taken by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. 

Find more information about what happens if you fail to meet the requirements for importation on (The Norwegian Food Safety Authority)

Thank you for helping us protect animals and humans from infectious diseases.