Taking pets on holiday with you to the United States

Planning to take your dog, cat, ferret or other pet on holiday with you? Read about what you have to arrange before your trip, and the requirements for bringing your pet back to the Netherlands.

Travelling with your pet

Different rules apply, depending on whether you are travelling within the European Union (EU) or outside it. Dogs and cats can carry diseases like rabies, so they need to be vaccinated. Animals may require a health certificate issued by a vet.

To find out more about the rules, visit the websites of the National Pet Owners’ Information Centre (LICG) and the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Travelling with your pet within the EU

The LICG’s website explains the rules on travelling with your pet within the EU. It tells you what you have to arrange before your trip, and the requirements for bringing your pet back to the Netherlands.

If there is no information on the LICG’s website about the country you want to visit, contact that country’s embassy or consulate in the Netherlands. Contact details for the closest embassy or consulate (usually in The Hague or Brussels) can be found at rijksoverheid.nl.

Travelling with your pet outside the EU

The LICG’s website explains the rules on travelling with your pet outside the EU. You can read about what you have to arrange before your trip, and the requirements for bringing your pet back to the Netherlands.

If there is no information on the LICG’s website about the country you want to visit, contact that country’s embassy or consulate in the Netherlands. Contact details for the closest embassy or consulate (usually in The Hague or Brussels) can be found at rijksoverheid.nl.

Taking pets with you on holiday to this country or region

There is no additional information.