In some cases, your newly hired employee may want to bring a pet with them. But is that allowed?

When importing a dog, cat, or ferret to the Netherlands, a European pet passport must be obtained. This passport is issued by a veterinarian and is valid for the pet’s entire life.
Often, a dog is brought during relocation from another (European) country. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, the dog must be microchipped and have a health certificate. The dog is then registered and identified by a veterinarian, and some (repeated) vaccinations may be mandatory. The veterinarian will make notes in the European pet passport.

If your migrant worker is traveling with a different pet to the Netherlands, such as a rabbit, bird, reptile, fish, amphibian, or other small rodents, a health certificate issued by a veterinarian is often sufficient.
For companies relocating employees with pets, it’s crucial to plan ahead and consider all the fundamentals, including vaccinations, pet-friendly housing options, and pet insurance. By doing so, the relocation process can run smoothly, too.

Do you want advice about importing pets for your highly skilled migrant? Contact us for details. We are happy to arrange the process: or 00316 823 80 801.