The Czech Customs Administration seeks to protect and regulate the domestic market and to ensure that imported goods do not endanger the lives or health of persons, fauna or flora. A tax will not be imposed on imports of goods of non-commercial nature, that is, goods designated for personal use by the importing persons or as a gift for private persons.
When entering the Czech republic, and thus the EU, you will be asked to declare certain goods purchased abroad and pay duty on the amount exceeding that country's allowance. There are usually two lines at a point of entry: To Declare and Nothing to Declare. People are randomly selected out of the "Nothing to Declare" line and their goods are inspected. If found to be importing illegally, harsh fines will be imposed.
Many people want to bring their pet with them on their travels and while that is entirely possible, it does require some planning and preparation.
Entry may be refused if the animal is not in good health. Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.
Veterinary Certificate - obtainable form the consulate. Must be completed and signed by the veterinarian. The certificate is valid for 4 months, or until the expiration date of the vaccination against rabies.
Microchip or tattoo - to verify pets identity. All microchips conforming to the ISO standards are easily readable in the Czech Republic.
Vaccination against rabies - Every pet older than 3 months must be vaccinated against rabies. The pet must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before arrival to the Czech Republic. However the vaccination can not be older than 12 months from the date of arrival to the Czech Republic.
Address further questions to the State Veterinary Administration of the Czech Republic (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
U.S. Citizens: The free pamphlet "Know Before You Go" at www.cbp.gov is very helpful. (Click on "Travel" and then click on "Know Before You Go! Online Brochure").
You can also contact:
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20229
Canadian Citizens: "I Declare", issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500 ) is helpful.
U.K. Citizens: HM Customs & Excise at tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152) can help.
Australian Citizens: A helpful brochure is available from Australian consulates or Customs offices called "Know Before You Go". Call the Australian Customs Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to www.customs.gov.au.
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