Bringing pets to Russia

Import of pets (Cats & Dogs) to the Russian Federation

The present information is a brief summary of regulations applicable to the import of cats and dogs to the Russian Federation and for reference only. The Consulate is not liable for any problems, discomfort or detriment resulting from non-compliance with the appropriate regulations of the Russian Federation alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly by the information provided here. It is personal responsibility to independently confirm the accuracy and completeness of this information and to comply with all actual regulations and legislation. Import requirements of other species except cats and dogs are not a subject of this summary.

Importing cats and dogs to the Russian Federation is a rather easy procedure and not a burden if some arrangements have been made. There is no special quarantine and one does not have to apply for an import permit. Unlike Malaysia currently there are no breeds of dogs prohibited for importation in Russia. Yet there are several veterinary documents required upon arrival.

1. Exporting your Cat/Dog from Malaysia/Brunei.

You are advised to contact a qualified domestic veterinarian to find out which documents are necessary to export your pet from Malaysia/Brunei. Normally you will need proof of a valid rabies vaccination and canine/feline infectious diseases as well as a health certificate issued by veterinarian (or a veterinarian agency) in Malaysia/Brunei. You might also have to make special travel arrangements for your pet (e.g. a cargo shipment if required by regulations in your origin country). We recommend communicating your airline representatives/travel agent on this matter to clarify all travel conditions. Different airlines may pursue different internal guidelines concerning animal transportation, so please check up.

2. The Russian Federation Import Regulations for Cats & Dogs

  •  Rabies Vaccination & Vaccinations against Feline/Canine Infectious Diseases. In order to import your cat/dog to the Russian Federation you must be in the possession of a veterinary document for your dog or cat with proof of vaccination against rabies and infectious diseases(different countries may issue different documents, named pet passports etc.,verifying your pet's vaccination status. The form of the document is not important, as long as it clearly shows when your pet was vaccinated and which vaccine was used). Your pet must have been vaccinated within the last twelve (12) months and preferably at least one (1) month prior to its arrival in Russia. Please check with your vet on how much in advance of your cat's/dog's departure from Malaysia/Brunei the animal must be vaccinated.

  • Health Certificate: to export your cat/dog from your origin country and import it to the Russian Federation you will need a health certificate from your veterinarian or a veterinary agency(private or governmental, whichever entitled to issue such certificates in Malaysia/Brunei). The health certificate should be issued no more than ten (10) to three (3) days before your pet's departure from your origin country and its arrival in the Russian Federation. The time frame for the issuing of the health certificate will depend on regulations in your origin country.

  • Document Languages: If the above documents (your pet's vaccination records and the health certificate) are issued in Bahasa Melayu and not in English, they should be translated into English and/or Russian and the translation should be notarized by local notary and legalized by the Russian Consulate. Documents issued in English are perfectly acceptable for Russian customs.

  • Note on Traveling with Pregnant Cats/Dogs and Young Kittens/Puppies: Just like humans pregnant animals can only be transported up to a certain stage of their pregnancy and airlines might not accept young kittens/puppies and/or those that have not been weaned. In some cases you might be permitted to take the animal on board the plane with you. Other countries require that all pets leaving their territory by air be shipped as cargo. Transporting pregnant or very young animals as cargo can be problematic and dangerous to their health. Therefore our recommendation is to avoid it happen and postpone your flight to a later period if possible. Otherwise please discuss these issues with your veterinarian and airline/travel agent before making the travel arrangements for your pets.

  • Travel Arrangements: If at all possible you should travel to Moscow on the same flight as your cat/dog and should either take the cat/dog on board the plane with your or ship the animal as accompanied luggage (also referred to as "excess baggage").

  • If at all possible avoid having your pet shipped to Moscow as cargo. Please note that this can happen even if the animal travels on the same flight as its owner! When traveling with your pet and checking in at the airport, make it very clear to the airline that you wish your pet to be shipped as accompanied luggage/excess baggage and not as cargo. Pets arriving in Moscow as cargo – whether accompanied or unaccompanied – will be unloaded at the corresponding cargo airport (i.e., not the passenger terminal), and clearing them through customs is a long process which is not easy to handle on your own: numerous documents and fees are applicable for cargo import customs clearance.

  • Import Registration of Your Pet at the Airport's Veterinary Customs Station: Upon your arrival at the airport in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg (depending on the airline you are using you will arrive either at 'Sheremetievo II', 'Domodedovo' or 'Vnukovo' Airport in Moscow and 'Pulkovo' in Saint-Petersburg), you may be asked by Russian customs to register your cat/dog at the airport's veterinary station ("pogranichnyi veterinarnyi poonkt") *. If asked to do so, you must proceed to the veterinary station with your pet. You will be asked to leave your luggage behind at customs until you return with the documents from the airport vet to prove that you have registered your pet. The airport vet will stamp your pet's health certificate and will put a date on it, thereby officially admitting your pet into the Russian Federation. In Moscow the registration fee is approximately 400 Russian Rubles per animal (about MYR 50, payable in cash in Rubles only).

  • Note on Microchips:Microchips for cats/dogs are not yet mandatory in Russia, but most other countries (including all EU countries) now require that pets entering their territory be fitted with a microchip. As your pet might have to travel through another country before entering Russia and/or you might want to travel with your pet to a country requiring microchips after your arrival in Russia, it's recommend that you have your pet fitted with an ISO Standard microchip in Malaysia/Brunei. ISO Standard microchips are now also available in Moscow**.

* The veterinary station at Moscow's 'Sheremetievo II' Airport is located in the Departures Hall on the 2nd Floor in the left wing and is open 24 hours a day. 'Domodedovo' airport has a similar veterinary station. Please ask the airport staff or airline representatives for directions, but please note that the airport officials do not necessarily speak English.

** The following veterinary clinics in Moscow are known to offer ISO Standard microchips:

Movet Veterinary Clinic
Ulitsa Vasilisy Kozhinoy d.23
'Filyevsky Park' Metro Station
Tel.: 142-01-04, 142-01-05

Pervomayskiy Vet Center
Sirenevy Bulvar d. 8a, Building 1
'Shelkovskaya' Metro Station
Tel.: 164-48-72, 164-89-66