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Moving with a Pet to Hungary

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Prepare for your move to Hungary with a pet. Understand the vaccination needs, travel details, and item restrictions in Hungary. This essential guide helps you navigate the process of moving with your pet and reduce the chance of unnecessary complications.

Moving to Hungary with a pet involves a series of regulations and requirements that must be met to ensure a smooth transition for your furry companion. Hungary, like many other countries, has specific vaccination and paperwork requirements for pets entering the country. While quarantine is not typically required for pets arriving from certain countries, it's essential to be aware of the conditions that could trigger such a measure. It's not uncommon for people in Hungary to have pets, and you'll find that dogs and cats are popular companions. However, the process of bringing them into the country is something that needs careful planning and attention to detail. In this article, we'll delve into the specifics of what you need to know when moving to Hungary with a pet, including the types of pets you can bring, the paperwork and health requirements, and what to do once you've arrived in your new Hungarian home.

Can I bring my dog to Hungary?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Hungary, provided you comply with the country's pet import regulations. Your dog must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip and vaccinated against rabies. There are also specific documents you'll need to prepare, which we will discuss in more detail in the section on how to bring your pet to Hungary.

Can I bring my cat to Hungary?

Similar to dogs, cats are also welcome in Hungary as long as they meet the necessary health and documentation requirements. Cats must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. It's important to ensure all paperwork is correctly filled out and that your cat's vaccinations are up to date before making the move.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Hungary

Hungary does not have a specific list of pets that are outright prohibited from entering the country. However, exotic animals and certain breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous may be subject to restrictions or bans. It's crucial to check the latest regulations before planning your move, as these can change and may vary depending on the species or breed of your pet.

How do I bring my pet to Hungary?

To bring your pet to Hungary, you must ensure that they are microchipped with an ISO-compliant chip and vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel but not more than a year prior to entering the country. You'll need an EU Pet Passport if traveling from within the EU, or a health certificate (also known as a veterinary certificate) if coming from a non-EU country. This certificate should be issued by an authorized veterinarian in your home country within 10 days of travel. Additionally, certain pets may require a tapeworm treatment before entry. Always check the most current regulations before your move, as these requirements can change.

Upon Arriving in Hungary

Once you've arrived in Hungary with your pet, there are a few steps you should take to ensure their well-being and compliance with local regulations. While there's no mandatory quarantine for pets arriving from most countries, you should register your pet with a local veterinarian and inquire about any additional vaccinations or treatments that may be recommended. Finding a vet can be done through local directories or recommendations from fellow expats and neighbors. Licensing requirements for pets vary by municipality, so check with local authorities about whether you need to register your pet. Hungarians generally like dogs and cats, and you'll find dog parks and pet-friendly areas in many cities. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with local pet etiquette and any leash laws that may be in place. By taking these steps, you can ensure a happy and healthy start for your pet in their new Hungarian home.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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