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Household Goods/Transportation Office Outbound Household Goods & POV Shipping Information
Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO)
Grafenwoehr, Germany 92655
Bldg 244 APO
AE 09114 Germany
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
All animals belonging to military personnel must be registered with the veterinary treatment facility. Rabies vaccination is required upon registration if due. German class 1 and 2 dogs that have passed the temperament test must be registered with the German Rathaus.
All pets must be registered within two weeks of arrival in the community. Pets are not required to be seen by the veterinarian to be registered on post. However, owners must bring the pet's health record and signed proof of recent rabies vaccination (by a veterinarian) to the clinic.
The German Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would like you to be aware that German law is very strict. If you don't adhere to regulations, you may get fined. Dogs can only be kept outside if there is a shelter (size about 6 square meters) available for them. Also, they are not to be left by themselves all day long and must be walked on a regular basis. Privately run boarding kennels or facilities supported by the Humane Society are available in Amberg, Seugast, Vilseck, Bayreuth, Regensburg and Schwandorf.
There is a veterinary clinic on the Installation. Services are limited and a list of local kennels and veterinarians is available at the clinic.
Pet Boarding and Billeting
There are only a few designated rooms for owners of pets. Please call official lodging for the cost of pet rooms. The closest kennel is on the outskirts of Vilseck. The next closest are in Amberg and Weiden (25 km).
The primary mission is to support the military working dogs of the community. As mission allows, veterinary service personnel will provide preventive medicine care to privately-owned animals to include vaccinations, parasite control, elective surgeries and minor sick call visits. To be eligible to receive this service, you must be a military ID card holder.
There are particular health problems, specific to the area, for pets. Parasites, especially ticks, are of primary concern in Bavaria. All animals must be vaccinated against rabies virus, and it is recommended that all dogs and cats receive annual vaccination against primary/core viruses, as well. It is recommended that all animals living on or off post be microchipped. Should an unaccompanied animal be brought to the veterinary clinic, it will be sent to the German Tierheim if we cannot establish the identity of the owner.
Dog Breeds Restricted in Bavaria
The state of Bavaria enacted a law in 2002 classifying dog breeds into two categories and restricting specific breeds deemed dangerous. Class 1 dogs — both pure and cross breeds — are not allowed in Bavaria. These dogs have been shown to react aggressively with little provocation and have been traditionally used as fighting dogs, based on studies evaluated by the Bavarian government. Owners must provide proof of pedigree.
The following breeds, and mixes with these breeds, are not authorized in Bavaria:
In Bavaria, class 2 breeds, as well as their crossbreeds, are also presumed to be dangerous and aggressive. Owners must provide proof the animal does not possess tendency for heightened aggression. Typically, these dogs are required to pass a temperament test with a licensed German evaluator and then be registered with the host nation safety and public order office. Tests can cost up to several hundred euro, and dogs must be at least 9 months old to be eligible, according to U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach. Dogs that fail the mandatory test are treated with the same legal provisions as class 1 breeds and are illegal in Bavaria.
The following breeds fall under class 2:
NOTE: Owners of temperament-approved class 2 dogs are required by German mandate to keep the pet muzzled and on a leash in public areas. Additionally, the dog walker must be at least 18 years old and physically capable of controlling the dog. Only one class 2 pet can be walked at a time.
Required Documents to PCS with a Pet to Germany
This is a starter list, compiled with the help of the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Vet Clinic and U.S. European Command Customs and Border Clearance Agency. Every pet and family situation is different, however, so it’s important to contact your local veterinarian and transportation office for assistance in assembling all the appropriate paperwork. To view more information about specific pet immigration requirements, visit the Defense Department's personal property consignment instruction guide.
If your pet does not have an ISO-compliant microchip, you will need to:
If you are PCSing from a country other than the U.S., there may be additional requirements, which you can find on the USDA APHIS Pet Travel website.
Now it’s time to travel, but pet owners should note that there is a two-pet limit documented on PCS orders for Germany. More pets require an exception to policy memo, regardless of whether you live on or off post, or in military or private housing.
Traveling on Patriot Express
Air Mobility Command authorizes families traveling on PCS moves to transport pets on DOD-sponsored airlines, such as Patriot Express, according to AMC’s pet brochure guide. Pet space is very limited on Patriot Express flights and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pet shipments will be in conjunction with PCS moves only in accordance with DOD Instruction 4515.13. Pets normally travel in the aircraft baggage hold area but may be accepted for shipment in the cabin area if they meet the requirements.
To book your pet’s space, contact your local transportation office, or TO, as early as possible. In general, families are usually limited to two pets. Owners with more than two pets must notify the TO at least 15 days prior to the flight to reserve any possible additional space. Owners must also accompany pets on any AMC flights and pay the transport fees.
Single-pet travel rates are subject to change (includes weight of pet and container):
Pet owners must also pay a €55 fee to the German government upon claiming your pet and processing through customs.
Traveling on Commercial Flights
If pet slots are not available on Patriot Express, your pet may need to travel commercially. Several airline companies will ship pets for military families.
Typically, prices can range from $400 to $3,000, depending on the airline, pet size and weight, and location. Be sure to check with specific airlines for their rates and requirements.
Standard Pet Container Kennel Requirements
The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, lays out some basic requirements for travel pet carriers, but every airline maintains different standards. In general, a flight-ready pet carrier must:
It is very important to keep in mind ever airline is different, it is recommended to check with the airline or AMC officials for exact requirements. There are also occasional seasonal restrictions for certain aircraft or airlines. Also, the American Veterinary Medical Association does not recommend sedating or medicating your animal prior to the flight.
Your Pet is Finally Here
When you land, head to the cargo location to pick up your pet. In most circumstances, your pet will be quarantined until a veterinarian can perform a quick examination and release them. You may also have to pay around €200 in international import fees. You will need a valid government-issued photo ID to pick up your pet.
Once your pet arrives in country, you will have 14 days to register them with your on-post Vet Clinic. This is required even if you use off-post veterinary care. If you are issued government-leased or on-post housing, you will also have to show proof of registration at the on-post Vet Clinic and notify the Housing Office of any pets.
Happy Travels to You and Your Pet!
Owners arriving with their pets at Frankfurt International Airport will also pay a fee. That fee is €35 per accompanied pet or €55 for an unaccompanied pet, and increases by 50% for pets that arrive on a weekend or holiday.
Payment of the fee is the responsibility of the pet owner and cannot be claimed for reimbursement on an official travel voucher.
For additional information, contact the installation Veterinary Treatment Facility, Vilseck, building 222, DSN 314-590-3888 or civilian +49 (0) 6371-9464-3888.