Health certificate for animals; application

If you move live animals in intra-Community trade to another EU Member State, you will need a health certificate for them.



The requirements for issuing an animal health certificate vary greatly. You should therefore contact the competent authority as early as possible. They can only issue a health certificate if all the requirements are met.

Most certificates require the animal to be presented.

You must notify the competent authority of the arrival of a consignment of animals in good time before arrival.


For import:

  • The application for the issue of a health certificate is submitted electronically in the "TRACES NT" database system.
  • An "EU login" is required to access TRACES NT. The importer must register once for this and will be activated by the competent authority.
  • The animals are imported into Germany via a border control authorized for the import of animals.
  • All required veterinary examination and treatment certificates must be presented.

For export:

  • The exporter is obliged to comply with the laws, regulations, standards and procedural and import regulations that apply in the importing country.
  • This results in the obligation of the operator to obtain the relevant current requirements of the third country if necessary and to submit them to the certifying officer for inspection.
  • When exporting animals, the animals must be examined by an official veterinarian at the authorities or on site. Compliance with the relevant requirements for the third country must be certified.
  • Certain third countries only permit exports to their territory from establishments that are already known there through prior registration or approval and have been included in corresponding lists of registered or approved establishments.
  • Companies are subject to official listing procedures and must register with the authorities of the third country and/or be officially listed. As a rule, officially confirmed export applications must be submitted for this purpose, which in many cases must also certify compliance with the requirements specified by the third country.
  • Once the applications have been reviewed by the authorities of the third country and, if applicable, a successful on-site inspection has been carried out, the companies are approved and listed for export by the respective third country and can then export.


The timeframe in which certain checks must be carried out by official veterinarians prior to the planned movement varies depending on the animal species.

Very different deadlines and quarantine conditions may apply for compliance with the health requirements to be certified in Germany or the country of origin, depending on the animal species and country of origin. Contact the responsible veterinary office as early as possible.

Processing time

within 48 hours

Required documents

  • If applicable, current veterinary examination and treatment certificates

Online procedures


    The EU database TRACES-NT is used, among other things, to document imports of animals and products of animal and non-animal origin from third countries. To access TRACES-NT, an "EU login" is required. For this purpose, the entrepreneur must register once and will be activated by the competent authority.


  • The fees depend, among other things, on the type of animal and the number of animals. If necessary, ask the competent authority.

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