Sweden distinguishes between listed countries, and those outside that do not have adequate control systems in place for rabies. The greater risk that a pet is infected with rabies is higher in certain countries, which means that the import restrictions are also stricter, you can read through the requirements in full here, or see the country list Thailand is classified as an non-listed country, and as follows are the general guidelines for importing your pet from a non-listed country to Sweden.
Microchips are required in all pets that do not have an identification tattoo before 3 July 2011 and conform to ISO Standards. You must have your pet microchipped before you do and vaccinations. Vaccination against rabies is required, and be done according to the recommendations of the vaccine’s producer. Many cannot be used until your pet is three months old. Dogs, cats and ferrets all require rabies vaccination.
Following vaccination you must have a blood test done to identify the rabies antibodies in their system. You can see a list of the approved clinics to do the blood testing here. Samples must be taken more than 30 days from the final dosage of the vaccination, and once they pass the antibody test another is not required so long as you maintain their re-vaccination schedule.
If you have an EU Pet Passport, as soon as the vaccinations are done, identity marking is complete and they have passed the antibody testing they are ready to travel. If there is a group of more than 6 pets, you will need a special veterinary certificate. Also, if your pet has no EU Pet Passport then you will need a veterinary certificate. This will be issued 90 days from a successful passing of the rabies antibodies test. There are two different certificates, depending if the pet is travelling with you or if they are travelling alone, in a group of more than 5 dogs, or are to be sold.
The main entry points from outside the EU to come directly into Sweden is the Stockholm/Arlanda Airport and Gothenburg/Landvetter Airport, where they will be either inspected at border control if they are to be sold or carried through customs with all appropriate documentation. If foreign dogs are to be residing in Sweden permanently they must be registered with the central dog register.
If you’re planning a move to Sweden let us know how we can help, so we can take care of the process and requirements for you and your pets have a great trip.