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New rules for importing a dog to The Netherlands

If you bring your dog to The Netherlands, and it stays here for longer than three months, you must have your dog registered and you need a European animal passport. This is mandatory as of November this year and it needs to be done by a veterinarian, within two weeks after arrival.

What you, the owner of the dog, must do:

  1. You have to request a “Unique Business Number” from the Dutch government. You can do this online on their website (choose: “kies huisdierlocatie: registreren”). The number is linked to you as a person. You can register multiple dogs with the same number. The request costs are €19. You’ll receive the invoice from the government next year.
  2. Call us to make an appointment for your dog(s).
  3. Bring the UBN number to the appointment.
  4. The vet will register the chip number of your dog, together with the European passport number. If you don’t have a European passport for your dog yet, we are obligated to make one.
  5. The vet registers your dog and its passport at a special portal. This way, if your dog gets lost, and found by a vet/shelter/animal ambulance, they can read the chip and find your information.

Important: Without the UBN number, we can’t complete the registration. The registration is required by the Dutch government, not registering your dog is punishable.

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