Veterinary and Phytosanitary control — a Federal Executive authority that performs the functions of control and supervision in the field of veterinary, quarantine and plant protection, and functions to protect the population from diseases common to humans and animals.
Registration of any veterinary-issued accompanying documents for pets exported outside the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Economic Union is carried out at the veterinary border control point at Vnukovo International Airport 24/7.
Pets carriage rules
Before travel, pet owners must ensure that their pet, regardless of age, has been vaccinated against rabies earlier than 21 days before departure and no later than 12 months after the last vaccination.
Within 5 days before the planned departure date it is necessary to obtain the Veterinary Certificate Form No. 1 or the Veterinary Certificate of the Customs Union Form No. 1, which are issued by the State Veterinary Service of actual residence. These documents are issued on the basis of a Veterinary passport with an indication of the current vaccination. The valid period of the Veterinary Certificate No. 1 is 5 days.
After receiving the Veterinary Certificate No. 1 within 5 days before the planned departure date, the pet owners, together with the pet, should visit the Veterinary Control at Vnukovo International airport, where the Veterinary Certificate No. 1 will be exchanged onto International Veterinary Certificate Form 5a free of charge.
When exporting an animal to the European Union also issued a health certificate. Since 2007, the EU countries allow the import of animals to their territory only in the presence of an electronic microchip identifying the pet, the number and date of microchip introduction are indicated in the veterinary accompanying documents.
Pets are allowed on international flights in compliance with veterinary requirements of the Russian Federation, as well as with the veterinary requirements of the host country. These requirements can vary, so the pet owner should update the information at the relevant embassy when planning foreign travel and to present these requirements to the State Veterinary Service no later than 30 days before the trip. This time period is set for the pet’s quarantine before departure and to make up for any missing veterinary treatments, research and vaccination. In case of any discrepancies between the veterinary requirements of the Russian Federation and the host country, the vet will carry out the additional activities for the pet’s preparation.
Prior to travel, the pet’s owners must ensure that the pet, regardless of age, is vaccinated against rabies earlier than 21 days before departure and no later than 12 months after the last vaccination.
Pets imported to the Russian Federation (as well as to the territory of the Customs Union) must be accompanied by the International Veterinary passport or Veterinary Certificate, which contains a mark of the departure country‘s competent authority (official veterinarian) verifying conduct of a clinical check-up within five days before departure.
Pets can also be accompanied by the Veterinary Certificate Form No. 15, which must be filled in by the departure country competent authority (official veterinarian).
Pets export after temporary import
Before their return flight, pet owners must contact the Veterinary Control at Vnukovo international airport for a clinical check-up and preparation of the necessary documents for departure.
Pets carriage through the Russian Federation
In accordance with Clause 16 of Order No. 589 of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, dated December 27, 2016, the issuance of veterinary accompanying documents is not required when moving domestic, service, or show pets through the Russian Federation without any change of ownership and not related to entrepreneurial activity, excluding their movement to exhibition events.
- in this case, pets mean only cats and dogs. For the carriage of any other type of animal, it is necessary to clarify the information at the Veterinary Control of Vnukovo International Airport.
It is prohibited to import into the territory of the Russian Federation in luggage or hand carried by passengers from foreign countries:
- Soil, live rooted plants, seeds, planting material and potatoes (seed and food) without a Phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant quarantine and protection service (NPPO) of the departure country
- Fresh vegetables in parcels, hand carried, and/or in luggage weighing more than 5 kg
- Any plant products from Georgia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan
Allowed for import into Russia from other countries without import quarantine permits and Phytosanitary certificates of the sending countries:
- Products for food purposes: starch, hops, ground coffee, tea, or refined packaged sugar
- Processed rice straw intended for industrial products, pile cones, finishing wood, cork wood, wool, leather, henna and basma
- Medicinal raw material
- Products origin plant, free from quarantine organisms, located on vehicles and intended for food purposes of the crew of these vehicles without the right to take them outside
- Deep minerals and soul, river and sea sand, bottom soils of seas, rivers, lakes
- Quarantined materials (flour, cereals, dried and fresh fruits and vegetables, raisins, spices, nuts), free of quarantine organisms, weighing up to 5 kg by passengers and crew members, as well as by mail
Import quarantine permits are issued on the basis of a written application from the consignee submitted to the State Inspectorate for plant quarantine.
Phytosanitary Control at Vnukovo International Airport:
Tel.: +7 (495) 436-29-50