Importing pets and service animals into Greenland

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To import pets or service animals into Greenland, you must have an import permit from the Greenland Representation in Copenhagen.

If you are importing a dog or cat, however, you must first send an application to the municipality to which you are planning to move. Each municipality has its own regulations on dogs and cats, and written permission is required from the municipality. If you are moving from one municipality to another, you must obtain written permission once again from the municipality to which you are moving.

If your application is approved by the municipality, you must send the confirmation with the relevant certificates to the Greenland Representation in Copenhagen, who will then issue an import permit.

The same procedure applies when re-importing a dog or cat after a stay abroad.

Your application must enclose the relevant certificates, which can be downloaded from the website of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration - see the links below regarding the specific animal. 

If you have an EU Pet Passport before you move to Greenland, this will make it easier for you to bring your dog or cat back with you to Denmark, for example when you go on holiday.

Dogs

It is not permitted to import dogs north of the Arctic Circle, i.e. north of the village of Kangaamiut, or to East Greenland. This is due to the commercial use of sled dog teams. However, you may apply for an exemption from the Veterinary and Food Authority of the Government of Greenland if the animal in question is a sled dog, police dog or service dog.

It is permitted to import dogs to the southern part of West Greenland, i.e. from Nanortalik up to and including the village of Kangaamiut.

NB

  • At sheep farms it is only allowed to keep dogs of the breed Border Collie or Kelpie, or crosses of these.
  • It is forbidden to import fighting dogs or muscle dogs to Greenland.

Documents

Submit the following documents to the municipality to which you are moving. When the municipality has approved your application, you must then send all of the documents to the Greenland Representation:

  • Application
  • Rabies certificate – puppies under three months do not require vaccination if it can be documented that the mother was rabies-vaccinated before the birth of the puppies.
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Health certificate and owner’s declaration

If your dog is a bitch:

  • Documentation that your dog has been sterilised. You can apply for an exemption from the Veterinary and Food Authority of Greenland if your dog will be in Greenland for less than three months.

There are no form requirements for the application – you just send a letter or email with the relevant certificates attached. These can be downloaded from the website of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

 

Cats

Submit the following documents to the municipality to which you are moving. When the municipality has approved your application, you must then send all of the documents to the Greenland Representation:

  • Application
  • Rabies certificate – kittens less than three months old do not require vaccination if it can be documented that the mother was rabies-vaccinated before the birth of the kittens.
  • Health certificate
  • Owner’s declaration
  • Documentation that your cat has been sterilised or castrated.

There are no form requirements for the application – you just send a letter or email with the relevant certificates attached. These can be downloaded via the website of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

  

Rabbits

Submit the following to the Greenland Representation:

  • Health certificate
  • Owner’s declaration

In the case of more than four rabbits:

  • Written permission for rabbit keeping from the municipality of residence in Greenland

For further information, contact:

 

Parrots

In order to import a parrot to Greenland, it is a prerequisite that the parrot is exported from Denmark.

Submit the following documents to the Greenland Representation:

  • Health certificate
  • Owner’s declaration with confirmation of the necessary quarantine

For further information, contact:

 

Guinea pigs, hamsters, squirrels, aquarium fish, turtles and cage birds

If the animal travels with accompaniment, no certificates are required besides the written permission of the Greenland Representation.

Unaccompanied animals require a health certificate. The health certificate and the permit from the Greenland Representation must accompany the animal throughout the journey.

For further information, contact:

 

Greenlandic legislation

The actual journey

You must contact Air Greenland well in advance so that your pet or service animal can be associated with your booking. Here you must state which animal you wish to bring, the dimensions of the transport bag/box, and the total weight. Remember to bring your import licence from the Greenland Representation at check-in – otherwise your pet or service animal may not be allowed to travel. You will also be asked to fill in Air Greenland’s own animal transport form.

The price of the transport corresponds to the rates for overweight, both for the animal and for the transport bag/box. The weight cannot be included in the number of kilograms for permitted luggage.

Further rules for animal transport may be read on the website of Air Greenland, where you will also find the animal transport form.

Veterinary surgeons

If you are taking a pet or service animal with you to Greenland, please note that not all towns and villages have a vet. For up-to-date information on veterinary surgeons in Greenland, contact the Veterinary and Food Authority of Greenland.

Further information

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