Moving to a new location with a pet can be a stressful process, especially when it involves international travel. For families who have accepted a position within the (KMC) Kaiserslautern Military Community of Germany and are planning to bring their pets with them, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the process for PCS with pets to Germany.

Required Documents:

  • Microchip Identification: The pet must have a microchip implanted for identification purposes. This must be noted on the pet’s health certificate, along with the date the microchip was implanted.
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate: Pets must have a current rabies vaccination and certificate. 
  • Pet Passport: A pet passport is a document that provides information about the pet and its vaccinations. 
  • Health Certificate: A health certificate from a veterinarian is required for all pets entering Germany. This certificate must be obtained within 10 days of arrival and must include information about the pet’s microchip and rabies vaccination.

Health Requirements:
In addition to the required documents, there are also specific health requirements that must be met before a pet can enter Germany. These include:

  • Rabies Vaccination: As mentioned above, pets must have a current rabies vaccination.
  • Tick and Tapeworm Treatment: Pets must be treated for ticks and tapeworms within 48 hours before entry into Germany. This treatment must be noted on the pet’s health certificate.

Shipping Options:
There are two options for shipping pets to Germany: as unaccompanied air cargo or as checked baggage on flights with specific airlines. It is important to check with the airline for specific requirements and regulations for shipping pets.

Unaccompanied air cargo is a safe and convenient option for shipping pets to Germany. This option allows the pet to travel in a temperature-controlled environment and be monitored by airline personnel.

Checked baggage is another option for shipping pets to Germany, but it is important to note that not all airlines allow pets to travel as checked baggage. 

Crate Sizing and Information for Transporting Pets:
The crate must meet the size requirements for the specific airline and the pet must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably inside the crate. Additionally, the crate must be properly marked with the pet’s name, the owner’s name and address, and the destination address but always refer to updated government regulations for shipping your pets.

Shuttle Accommodation and Pet Collection at Frankfurt International Airport:
It is important for families to contact the shuttle service to ensure that their vehicle can accommodate the size of the pet’s crate. We refer clients to https://kmc-airport-shuttle.com/ for their transportation needs but other shuttle companies, taxi’s and modes of transportation exist, the crucial part is ensuring they can accommodate for pet crate sizes.  

Additionally, it is important to know where to collect the pet upon arrival at Frankfurt International Airport and notify your shuttle service. Check with the airline for specific information and instructions regarding the collection of pets.

Quarantine:
Pets are not required to be quarantined in Germany, as long as they meet the required health requirements and have the required documents.

Regulations:
Once the pet has arrived in Germany, there are several regulations that must be followed to ensure the pet’s well-being. These include:

  • Leash and Identification: Pets must be kept on a leash and have identification tags when in public.
  • Collect after pets when out in public.

In conclusion, PCSing to Germany with a pet requires careful planning. By following the requirements and regulations outlined in this article, families can ensure a safe and stress-free transition for their pets. It is always a good idea to check with the airline, HR representative and the receiving location for specific requirements and regulations, as they may change over time.