Animals

When taking an animal with you abroad, find out the export regulations from the destination country

Finland has not laid down any conditions for the export of pets. Before you leave Finland, you should consult the embassy or veterinary authorities of the destination country to find out what regulations apply to the export of animals.

When bringing an animal into Finland, find out the import requirements from Finnish Food Authority

The requirements that apply to imports of animals depend on the species and origin country of the animal. Contact the Finnish Food Authority in advance to find out the import requirements for pets and submit the required documents to the authority.

If the conditions for import are not met, the animal will be required to be returned to the country of dispatch or euthanised. The importer of the animal will bear the costs incurred.

Importing an animal from the EU

If you bring a pet with you from the EU, there is no need to report this to Customs.

Importing an animal from outside the EU

Animals brought into Finland from outside the EU will always be inspected. The inspection is carried out either by Customs or a border veterinarian. Consult Finnish Food Authority to find out if the animal you wish to import needs to be inspected by a border veterinarian (in Finnish).

Customs will inspect pets brought in by travellers arriving from outside the EU when the pets will not be sold or passed on in the EU territory and when no more than five animals are imported. The inspection will be carried out at a point of entry approved for that purpose in the first EU member state in which the pet arrives. In all other cases, the animals must undergo a veterinary border inspection.

Finnish Food Authority: Import of animals and animal products from non-EU countries

Please note! Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State are comparable to the EU countries, and Customs does not inspect pets brought in from these countries and areas.

Points to consider

  1. For Customs to be able to check the ID markings of your pet and the import documents, you may only import it to Finland through approved entry points.
  2. Choose the red channel at Customs and present your pet to the customs officers for inspection. Note: At Vaalimaa and Nuijamaa, pets are to be presented for inspection to the Border Guard.
  3. The animal must carry an identifier, usually a microchip, and it must have been vaccinated against rabies. For certain countries, the animal must have been tested for rabies antibodies. The required certificates must be presented. Dogs must also be treated against tapeworm causing echinococcosis. Consult Finnish Food Authority in advance to find out what import requirements apply to your pet. 
  4. If the import requirements are not met, the animal will be required to be returned to the country of dispatch or euthanised. As the importer, you are responsible for all costs incurred.
  5. If your normal place of residence has been outside the EU for at least 12 months and you have owned the pet for more than six months, you do not have to pay customs duty and VAT for the pet. If this is not the case, be prepared to pay the duties and taxes due.
  6. For more information about the above matters, go to Finnish Food Authority’s website.

Before the animal arrives in Finland

Find out about the import requirements that apply to your pet and any need for a veterinary border inspection. Read the instructions from the Finnish Food Authority for arranging an inspection.

  1. Submit the documents about the animal to Finnish Food Authority in advance for approval.
  2. The Food Authority will let you know if the animal must undergo a veterinary border inspection. If an inspection is not needed, Customs inspects the microchip on the animal, as well as the documents relating to import requirements (vaccination certificate)
  3. If the animal has to be inspected by the border veterinarian, you should book the veterinary border inspection with the Food Authority no later than 24 hours before the arrival of the animal.

When the animal arrives at Helsinki Airport among air freight

  1. The animal arrives in the temporary storage facility of the freight carrier.
  2. The veterinary border inspection takes place at the veterinary border inspection post.
    - The inspection post is located in the temporary storage facility of Finnair Cargo Oy (Turbiinikuja 4, 01530 Vantaa)
    - The veterinarian will arrive at the BIP at the time you have booked.
    - The person who imports the animal must participate in the inspection.
    - If the animal arrives in some other temporary storage facility besides that of Finnair Cargo Oy, the storage operator transports the animal to the border inspection post, and back to the temporary storage facility.
  3. If a veterinary border inspection is not performed on the animal, Customs inspects the animal’s documentation and microchip, and signs a Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED).

    The person who imports the animal must participate in the inspection.
  4. After the veterinary border inspection, you can
    - authorise a representative to take care of customs clearance on your behalf
    - see to it yourself in the Customs Clearance Service
    - visit our customer service point for customs clearance at the address Rahtitie 1 B.
    The service point is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4.15 p.m.

    Be sure to attach the Common Veterinary Entry Document to your customs clearance.
  5. If you are moving to Finland from outside the EU, you should attach a document verifying your residency abroad to your customs clearance. This qualifies you to import your animal as removal goods, and you do not have to pay customs duty or tax.
  6. Submit the decision on release to the temporary storage operator so they can hand over the animal to you.

Contact us

Contact Customs Information Mon–Fri 8 am–4.15 pm

Please have a look at the frequently asked questions.

If you have a question about the arrival of parcels, its contents or the handling fee, please contact Posti.

Customs Information Service