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Cats and dogs must have a certified rabies vaccination before they are allowed to enter Austria. The vaccination must normally have been administered at least 30 days before arrival in Austria and may not be more than one year old. A vaccination certificate (e.g. an International Certificate of Vaccination) issued by the veterinarian (der Tierärztin/des Tierarztes) who administered the vaccination will be accepted as evidence of vaccination.

There is no requirement to obtain authorisation from the veterinary authorities to import domestic animals and pets from EU and EEA countries. The import of domestic animals and pets from non-EU & non-EEA countries is only possible with appropriate certificates from the veterinary authorities. The animals will be subject to a veterinary inspection at the border.

As with the case of most EU countries, Austria is a member of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter the country without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements. No more than five animals per person may be brought into the country.

Generally, to qualify for the scheme, the pet must:

  1. Be fitted with a microchip.
  2. Be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering Austria but no longer than one year in advance.
  3. Be blood tested to check the effectiveness of the Rabies vaccination.
  4. Be issued with an Official Pet Passport (or a Pet Travel Scheme Certificate).

The vaccination certificate must be in German or be accompanied by an officially certified German translation. Most local authorities in Austria levy taxes or duties on dogs.

According to Austrian law, domestic animals are: dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry (chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, geese, ducks and pigeons), horses, donkeys, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Pets are classed as those animals, which by their nature or breed are suitable for keeping at home: dogs, cats, etc. Some Länder (e.g. Vienna) do not require official authorisation to keep domestic animals or pets.

The animal protection laws require that certain other kinds of animal may either only be kept with a permit (bewilligungspflichtig) or forbid keeping them altogether for safety reasons (e.g. wild animals (Wildtiere), which require special care and maintenance).

Certain kinds of wild animal (basically all animals except domestic animals and pets) which require special care and maintenance may only be kept with a permit. These animals include snakes, lizards, crocodiles, certain species of spider and certain species of fish.

You will find more specific information in the respective animal protection laws of the individual Länder or from the relevantt authorities (municipal district offices (Magistratisches Bezirksamt) in towns and cities); the veterinary departments of the municipal district offices in Vienna or local council offices (Gemeindeamt) elsewhere.