For many people, moving to another country for work-related or personal reasons is somewhat of a challenge, especially if this includes bringing over your whole family including your pets, and having to look for pet friendly long-term accommodation. Here, German serviced apartment provider Derag Livinghotelsexamines the considerations assignees face when bringing their pets to Germany.
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For many people, moving to another country for work-related or personal reasons is somewhat of a challenge, especially if this includes bringing over your whole family including your pets, and having to look for pet friendly long-term accommodation. Here, German serviced apartment provider Derag Livinghotels examines the considerations assignees face when bringing their pets to Germany.
Germans, in general, are just as fond of their pets as any other people. However, following a cliché, they do have a lot of rules for pet owners to follow.
This means that if you plan on taking your pet to Germany, make sure to plan well ahead and know all the regulations.
In terms of papers and vaccinations, for instance, pets need to be identified by a microchip or clearly visible tattoo and have a bilingual (English/German) veterinary passport. Also, they need to have been vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to their entry to Germany but no more than 12 months before. You can get detailed information and download the required documents on the official website of the German Embassy in your country. Also, even though Germany is a very pet friendly country, there are several pet policies, i.e. concerning certain dog breeds like Pit Bulls, which have to be taken into consideration.
Once you are in the country, you are legally responsible as a pet owner for anything the animal does. Thus, it might be a good idea to get insurance for your pet. Dogs need to be licenced at the local town hall and you have to pay a dog tax. In day-to-day life, pets are not allowed in shops selling fresh food, nor are they allowed in many gastronomy businesses.
When looking for housing, pets might constitute somewhat of a problem, especially if you are looking at private rentals. Landlords must give you permission before you are allowed to keep a pet and some contracts may even exclude keeping pets altogether.
Thus, it might prove useful to look for pet friendly long-term accommodation by professional providers. Long term rentals that allow pets in Germany include serviced apartment providers like Derag Livinghotels
. Whatever kind of long-term housing you prefer, make sure to enquire about pet policies beforehand to avoid expensive fees or other unpleasant surprises.