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Moving with a Pet to Latvia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Planning to move to Latvia with your pet? Get all the vital information on required vaccinations, pet travel guidelines, and prohibited items in Latvia. Make your relocation process easier with this guide.

Moving to Latvia with a pet involves a series of regulations and requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of your animal companion. Latvia, like many European countries, has specific rules regarding the importation of pets, including mandatory vaccinations and paperwork. While it is not uncommon for residents to have pets in Latvia, it is essential for expats and digital nomads to understand the process to avoid any complications upon arrival. There is no general quarantine requirement for pets entering Latvia from most countries, provided they meet all health and documentation standards. This article will delve into the details of bringing your dog or cat to Latvia, including prohibited pets, the importation process, and what to do once you and your furry friend have arrived in this beautiful country.

Can I bring my dog to Latvia?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Latvia. However, your dog must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip and vaccinated against rabies. Dogs coming from EU countries must have a pet passport, while those from non-EU countries require a veterinary certificate. It is also recommended to have your dog treated against tapeworm one to five days before entering Latvia.

Can I bring my cat to Latvia?

Similar to dogs, cats are also welcome in Latvia. They must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Cats from within the EU should have an EU pet passport, while those from outside the EU need a veterinary certificate. Although not mandatory, it is advisable to ensure your cat is treated for common parasites before traveling.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Latvia

Latvia follows the European Union's regulations regarding the importation of pets. Certain breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous and are banned in some EU countries may also be restricted in Latvia. Additionally, exotic animals that are endangered and protected under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) may not be allowed. It is crucial to check the latest regulations before planning your move, as these can change and may vary depending on the species.

How do I bring my pet to Latvia?

To bring your pet to Latvia, you must ensure they are microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, and have the proper documentation. For dogs and cats, this includes an EU pet passport for EU countries or a veterinary certificate for non-EU countries. The veterinary certificate must be issued by an authorized veterinarian within ten days of travel. Pets must also enter Latvia through designated border inspection posts where they may be subject to a veterinary check. If you are traveling from a high-rabies country, a rabies titer test may be required three months in advance. Always check the latest requirements well before your travel date to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Upon Arriving in Latvia

After arriving in Latvia with your pet, you should register your pet with the local municipality and ensure that all vaccinations are kept up to date. Finding a veterinarian in Latvia is straightforward, as there are many clinics available, especially in urban areas. It is advisable to establish a relationship with a local vet soon after arrival. Dogs and cats are generally well-liked in Latvia, and you can find dog parks and pet-friendly areas, particularly in larger cities like Riga. Always keep your pet on a leash in public areas and be mindful of local regulations regarding pets in public spaces. By following these guidelines, you and your pet can enjoy a smooth transition to life in Latvia.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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