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Bringing your fur babies to a new country can be a daunting and emotional experience.
The first thing you need to be aware of is the rules for bringing pets from South Africa to Germany. These are updated regularly and we therefore only add links to the relevant pages. 
We added some links to Pet immigration services that were recommended by fellow South Africans, and if you would rather do it yourself, we have a page where people shared their do-it-yourself experiences.

Customs Info

  • Zoll – German Customs, provisions on the import of pet animals
  • Zoll –  Dangerous dogs

Dangerous (Banned) Dogs

Some dog breeds are banned in Germany, and there are additional rules for individual states.  Up-to-date information can be found on the Zoll (Customs) website.

Pet Immigration or transport services

The following companies are suggestions from fellow South Africans 

Shared experiences and doing it yourself

Pets – Personal stories

Here are some shared experiences by our Facebook members.  If you would like to add your experience to our website, please submit it via our contact formDecember

Resources on the web

Adopting a pet at a "Tierheim"

Rules and regulation for owning a pet

Rules and regulations can be found on the Gezetze im Internet Dog regulations website

Pet Insurance

Agila and Allianz offers pet insurance

Pet sitting and kennels

For pet sitting look at the Pawshake app, or on the Hundelieb website
You can also find other possibilities on our Minijob page
For cats, search for Katzenpension in your area, or consider a house sitter

Raw food for pets

Try the following websites:

Animal welfare

You can report any issues regarding animal cruelty at the Tierschutsbund under Tierquälerei

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What can I bring into Germany

It is very tempting to bring some South African goodies with you when you travel to Germany, and while most items are allowed, there are Restrictions.

Finding a place to stay

Finding a place to rent is almost like doing a job interview. You have to “advertise” yourself and you will have to go for interviews.