Cat and Dog Relocation & Shipping to Switzerland


Relocating your beloved pets to Switzerland can be an exciting adventure. With its stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, and majestic Alps, Switzerland offers a beautiful environment for both dogs and cats.

Relocating can be a huge task and it’s a difficult choice to make. And deciding to move with pets adds an extra element of stress to an already complicated process. Each country, Switzerland included, has its own rules and regulations when it comes to the transportation of animals.

Lucky for you, here at Ferndale Kennels, we keep on top of the regulations for each country, understand the pet-friendly airlines and how to access them and know exactly what you need to do to relocate with your pet. For pet relocation to Switzerland, we’ll ensure a smooth and safe journey for your furry friends.

Here are some of the major things that you’ll need to consider before taking the leap.

Microchipping and Vaccinations

Before entering Switzerland, all pets, including dogs and cats, must be microchipped for identification purposes. This is a great idea as it ensures your pet can find its way back to you if they do go missing.

Additionally, they should have up-to-date vaccinations, including rabies vaccination, administered by a licensed veterinarian. Microchipping and vaccinations are essential to comply with Swiss regulations and ensure the well-being of your pets during their travel and stay in Switzerland.

If your pet isn’t microchipped and doesn’t have up to date vaccinations, then they will be refused entry, so it’s essential that you book in with a vet as soon as possible if your pet isn’t up to date already.


Documentation and Endorsement

To bring your pets into Switzerland, you will need the European Union (EU) health certificate. The EU health certificate should be obtained from a private veterinarian who will examine your pets and ensure they meet the necessary health requirements. The certificate must then be endorsed by the relevant government department, confirming the validity and compliance of the documentation.

If you don’t have a vet that carries out this service, we have multiple contacts for you for reputable vets that will be able to provide the correct documentation for travel to Switzerland.


  • Banned Dog Breeds

Before you go, it’s crucial to research the specific Canton or region in Switzerland where you are moving, as certain dog breeds may be banned in some areas.

Breeds such as American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier, and Bandog are among those prohibited in certain regions.

Familiarise yourself with the local regulations to ensure compliance and avoid any complications. If your dog is a banned breed, unfortunately, they won’t be allowed to travel with you.


The Five-Day Rule

Switzerland, as a member of the EU, follows the five-day rule for non-commercial movement of pets. This rule states that pets must be accompanied by their owners or an authorised person and travel within five days of their owners’ movement or arrival. It is important to understand and adhere to this rule to ensure a smooth entry for your pets into Switzerland.

If you don’t book the flight times for you and your pet correctly, then you may be charged more for a commercial flight or your pet may not be allowed to travel at all.


Crate Training and Travel Aids

At Ferndale, we prioritise the well-being and comfort of your pets during their travel to Switzerland. Crate training is an essential aspect of pet relocation, as it helps familiarise them with their travel crate and creates a safe space for them.

Our experienced Travel Vets can provide guidance on crate training techniques and recommend safe, non-sedative methods to keep your pets calm and relaxed during flights and transportation.

Please note that the use of sedatives during pet transportation is not allowed, as it can be unsafe for air travel due to the lack of supervision and potential effects on heart rate and blood pressure. However, our team can suggest alternative solutions such as Bach Rescue Remedy, Adaptil, Feliway, Gabapentin, among others, to help alleviate stress and anxiety in dogs and cats during their journey.


  • Contact Ferndale for Pet Relocation Assistance

For further information and personalised assistance with pet relocation to or from Switzerland, please don’t hesitate to contact Ferndale.

Our dedicated team is well-versed in the requirements and processes involved in relocating pets to Switzerland. We can provide guidance on documentation, crate training, transportation logistics, and answer any additional questions you may have. Trust Ferndale to ensure a smooth and safe relocation experience for your cherished pets.

Experience a hassle-free pet relocation to Switzerland with Ferndale. Contact us today for expert assistance and guidance throughout the process.

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