There are rules that specify how you may travel with rabbits or sell rabbits to another country. These rules are intended to prevent the spread of disease. The rules differ between countries. It is therefore very important that you find what applies in your specific case in the country to which the animal is travelling.
The rules below apply in these cases:
Every country applies its own rules for the import of animals. For that reason, you should contact the veterinary authorities in the country which you are visiting, or that country’s embassy, to find out what you need to know.
The rules below apply in these cases:
You shall register the establishment in our e‑service in good time before the first estimated occasion of exit.
The transporter shall ensure that the means of transport or the containers used for the transport are such that the animals cannot escape or fall out. It must also be possible to see into the space or the container in which the animals are kept during transport, and these must be designed to prevent or minimise the spread of animal excrement, litter or feed.
The means of transport shall be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible after each transport of animals, and dried off or let to dry before new animals are loaded. This is not necessary if the animals have been transported in a container, and if the means of transport has not come into contact with the animals or their excrement.
If the animals are transported in a container, only animals of the same species, category and type, as well as with the same health status, may be transported in the same container. That is to say that animals from different establishment may not be grouped together and transported in the same container. You may also not transport animals of different species in the same container. If containers are used, they must either be disposable containers which are destroyed after use, or they must be cleaned and disinfected after use and dried or let dry before any subsequent use. The operators are to take all necessary measures to ensure that the animals are sent directly to their destination.
Transporters who charge money for transport, and anyone transporting animals as part of a business, must have a transporter’s permit.
The animals must have been born in captivity and kept in captivity since birth. The animals must be healthy, and the movement must not compromise the health status of the destination. This means that
Listed diseases refer to diseases for which preventive measures are to be taken and which are being combated in the EU. These listed diseases, as well as a list of the species and group of species which pose a significant risk of transmission of these diseases, are provided in a table in the European Commission’s regulations. At present, two diseases are listed for rabbits, namely infections of the bacteria Brucella abortus, Brucella melitensis, Brucella suis and the bacteria which belongs to Mycobacterium tuberculosis -complex (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium caprae och Mycobacterium bovis).
New diseases refer to diseases other than those appearing on this list which meet one of the following criteria:
In addition, in order for a disease to qualify as a new disease, it needs to pose a risk to human or animal health or to biodiversity, and it needs to be transmissible. There must also be a method to diagnose the disease, and infection control measures, which are proportionate to the risk entailed by the disease, which must be able to have an effect on the disease.
You, as the operator at the site of origin, shall issue a self-declaration stating all of the following:
There is not currently a template for this self-declaration, but self-declarations must include the aforementioned and shall be signed by you as the operator at the place of origin.
A health certificate or a notification through TRACES.NT is not required.
Before you travel with animals or export them to countries outside the EU, you need to find out if any export restrictions apply due to contagious animal diseases.
In order to travel with or sell an animal to countries outside the EU, the animal must have a health certificate that must be issued by an official veterinarian in Sweden before the journey. Contact the veterinary authorities or embassies of the country in question in good time before the journey and find out which certificate is to be used and what requirements apply for the animal to be allowed to travel into the country. When you have found out this information, contact an official veterinarian.
If you sell animals to a country outside the EU, you must submit an electronic customs declaration to the Swedish Customs.
If the animals are returning to Sweden after a stay in a country outside the EU, there are Swedish requirements that your animal must meet. The requirements may differ from those that apply when leaving, and vary depending on the country which the animal is returning from. Make sure you know which rules apply in Sweden before you leave, so that the animal can come back home with you afterwards. You can find the rules further up on this page.
If you have any questions you are welcome to contact Customer service by phone or e-mail.