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Derogations for non-commercial movements of pets – Exceptional situation in Ukraine

As an EU Member State, Slovenia has the possibility, in accordance with European Union (EU) legislation, to grant exemptions from health requirements for movement of pets in exceptional cases, such as sudden natural disasters, political unrest and other types of force majeure affecting pet owners.

For such exceptional movements, the competent authority must determine the conditions under which the pet does not pose a risk to human or animal health during the movement. The legal basis for the derogation is set out in Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 (hereinafter Regulation 576/2013/EU).

To allow a derogation, the owner must apply for permission in advance to the competent authority, and after arrival to the place of destination, the animals must remain in isolation until they meet health requirements, in order to protect human and animal health.

Due to the emergency situation in Ukraine, the entry of these animals is provisionally authorized on the basis of a completed application and under the conditions set out in the application to ensure that the entry of these animals into the EU does not pose a risk of rabies introduction/transmission.

A contact point has been established at HQ of AFSVSPP to accept applications: .

The contact point will accept the application and forward it to the e-mail address of the Regional Office of AFSVSPP, in charge for the address provided by the owner of the animal on the application.

Upon arrival at the stated address, the owner of the animal must immediately inform the Regional Office of the ASFVSPP or to the e-mail address:

Once the animal arrives at its destination, it will be in isolation until the general conditions for entry into the EU are met in accordance with Regulation 576/2013 / EU, as set out in the decision of the Regional Office of the AFSVSPP (marking, vaccination, titration test).

The same conditions apply to EU citizens returning to EU from Russia or Belarus with their pets.