Note: Ferrets may not be kept as domestic pets in Portugal. Portugal banned the importation of domestic ferrets to avoid cross breeding with indigenous ferrets in the wild. However this ruling essentially contradicts EU rules. A person wishing to take a ferret to Portugal should consult the Portuguese authorities for the latest information (see below).
Pet travel laws can be affected by exceptional outbreaks of diseases. Recent examples are Avian Influenza (the H5N1 strain of bird flu), Swine Flu (the H1N1 strain), Foot and Mouth disease and the Bluetongue outbreak.
The Portuguese Veterinary Director General (Direcção-Geral de Veterinária, DGV) publishes a guide about the non-commercial movement of pet dogs and cats to Portugal. The guide covers animals entering Portugal from EU and non-EU member countries.
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