If you are travelling with pets to or from Norway, you should contact the Norwegian Food Safety Authority prior to the trip in order to establish which rules apply.
It is the Norwegian Food Safety Authority that administers the veterinary regulations for live animals.
As of January 1 2017, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority does not allow dogs to undergo a one-time treatment in Norway for the fox tapeworm parasite, prior to short trips abroad.
If you have been on a vacation abroad, you must always go through the red channel upon entering Norway at the border crossing. Excepted are persons travelling with a dog, cat or ferret directly from Sweden. If your papers are in order, you may pass through the green channel.
If you arrive by plane we advise you to use the red channel, even if you arrive from Sweden.
Dogs, cats and ferrets that are brought to Norway must have a pet passport issued by a veterinarian in the country of residence.
The animal must be identified by a microchip or clearly readable tattoo. Only microchips will be approved for animals registered after 3 July 2011.
To travel with dogs from Sweden
Please remember that your dog must be treated for the fox tapeworm parasite by a veterinarian, even if you are only going on a daytrip or a weekend stay. You must also bring with you a pet passport containing:
- details of ownership, a description of the animal as well as documentation validating the animals' identification.
- a signed confirmation by a veterinarian stating that the dog has been treated with praziquantel against the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm. The treatment must be given in the country of departure no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before entering Norway. The treatment cannot be given in Norway prior to departure, OR
- a signed confirmation by a veterinarian stating that the dog has been treated for the fox tapeworm parasite with regular treatment every 28 days and that the dog has been treated minimum two days before entering Norway. These treatments may be done either in Norway or abroad.
If you do not possess approved papers, you must either return to Sweden or pay for quarantine.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has published a quick guide for persons who are travelling with up to five animals. The quick guide provides information on required vaccines and pet passports, based on whether you are travelling with a dog, cat or ferret.
Travelling with horses to and from Norway
Separate provisions apply when travelling with horses to and from Norway.
Travelling with caged birds, rodents or rabbits
When moving to Norway from abroad, you may bring your pet with you without paying any customs duty or VAT, provided that you have lived abroad for at least one year, and that you have owned the pet. The customs duty and VAT exemption does not apply to pets in a business undertaking that are relocated to Norway.
You must always contact the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to obtain the necessary permit to import the pet.