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Moving with a Pet to Lithuania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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

Moving to a new country can be an exciting adventure, and for those who consider their pets as part of the family, ensuring their furry friends can come along is a top priority. Lithuania, a country with rich history and beautiful landscapes, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for expats and digital nomads. While it is not uncommon to have pets in Lithuania, bringing them into the country does require some preparation. You'll need to be aware of vaccination and paperwork requirements, and while there's no mandatory quarantine for pets coming from most countries, there are specific regulations you'll need to follow. This article will delve into the details of these requirements, helping you ensure a smooth transition for your beloved pet to your new Lithuanian home.

Can I bring my dog to Lithuania?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Lithuania. However, there are certain requirements you must meet. Your dog must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. If your dog's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. Your dog must be vaccinated against rabies and have a valid EU pet passport or a third-country official veterinary certificate. The rabies vaccination must be administered after the microchip is implanted and at least 21 days before entering Lithuania.

Can I bring my cat to Lithuania?

Similar to dogs, cats are also welcome in Lithuania, provided they comply with the necessary health regulations. Cats must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. The same timing for the rabies vaccination applies to cats as it does for dogs. An EU pet passport or an official veterinary certificate is also required for cats entering Lithuania from a non-EU country. It's important to ensure all documentation is up-to-date and in order before your move.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Lithuania

Lithuania follows the European Union's regulations regarding the entry of pets into the country. Certain breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous and are banned in some EU countries may also be subject to restrictions in Lithuania. It's essential to check the latest regulations before planning your move, as these can change and may vary depending on the current legislation. Additionally, exotic animals that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) may require special permits or may be prohibited altogether.

How do I bring my pet to Lithuania?

To bring your pet to Lithuania, you must ensure that all the necessary paperwork is in place. This includes an ISO-compliant microchip, a valid rabies vaccination, and the appropriate health certificates. For pets coming from outside the EU, a third-country official veterinary certificate is required. This certificate must be completed by an authorized veterinarian in your home country. If you're traveling from within the EU, an EU pet passport issued by a licensed veterinarian is sufficient. There is no quarantine imposed on pets arriving from EU countries and from countries with a low incidence of rabies, provided all the conditions are met. However, pets may be subject to a documentary and identity check upon arrival.

Upon Arriving in Lithuania

Once you and your pet have arrived in Lithuania, there are a few steps you should take to ensure their well-being and compliance with local regulations. While there is no specific pet license required in Lithuania, you should register your pet with a local veterinarian. Finding a veterinarian can be done through online directories or by asking for recommendations from fellow expats or locals. Lithuania is generally pet-friendly, and you'll find that dogs and cats are common among Lithuanian families. Dog parks and pet-friendly areas are available, especially in larger cities like Vilnius and Kaunas. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with local pet etiquette and any leash laws that may be in place in your new community.

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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