Personal ownership Certificates


This Certificate allows a person to travel with his/her pet to different countries during a period of three consecutive years without the need to obtain an import or export permit every time he/she enters or leaves the EU.

The application form for this Certificate (model shown in Annex I of Regulation (EC) 865/2006) is the same set of five forms as for import permits:

  • original (Form number 1); grey (to accompany specimen).
  • copy for holder (Form number 2); yellow.
  • copy to be returned by Customs to the issuing authority (Form number 3); green.
  • copy for the issuing authority (Form number 4); pink.
  • application form to be completed by applicant (Form number 5); white.

This document has an attached Continuation Sheet, which will be completed by Customs at the entry or exit points to show dates and places of each import or export made.

Application Requirements

The issue of Certificates of Personal Ownership is regulated by Articles 37 to 44 of Regulation (EC) 865/2006. A Certificate is valid only if the following requirements are met:

  • Personally-owned, live animals of species listed in Annexes A, B, or C of Regulation (EC) 338/97 that were legally acquired and are held for personal, non-commercial purposes (i.e., as pets).
  • Each specimen must be permanently marked.
  • A Personal Ownership Certificate is only issued in respect of one specimen.
  • A Certificate is only valid for a certificate holder travelling with his/her pet.
  • Certificates are subject to acceptance in destination countries.
  • Certificate should be accompanied by the relevant original export/re-export permit/certificate issued by the non-EU country concerned.

If the owner of a Certificate of Personal Ownership wishes to sell or transfer ownership of the specimen concerned, he/she must first surrender the Certificate to the issuing CITES Management Authority. If the specimen belongs to a species listed in Annex A of Regulation (EC) 338/97, where applicable, the owner shall apply for a Sales Exemption Certificate from the competent Authority.

When submitting an application, the owner should enclose proof that the animal is a legally-acquired CITES specimen (EU CITES Certificate, purchase invoice, certificate of captive-bred specimen, etc.). Each application is considered individually to determine whether a Certificate should be issued. Applications should be submitted at least 15 days in advance.

Download application form.

Customs and inspection precedures

The holder will receive the "original" certificate (form number 1), which should be submitted to EU Customs along with the original and a copy of the Continuation Sheet; documents will be endorsed by Customs and returned to holder.

If a specimen originates from within the EU, the issuing authority will be the CITES Management Authority of the Member State from which the specimen originates. In this case, any import, export, or re-export of the specimen will require the Certificate holder to submit the "original" certificate (form number 1), along with the original and copy of the Continuation Sheet for verification at an authorized EU Customs post. Customs will complete the Continuation Sheet, return the original documents to the holder, and forward the endorsed copy of the Continuation Sheet to the relevant CITES Management Authority.

If the specimen originates from a non-EU country, the CITES Management Authority of the EU Member State that is to be the first country of destination for the specimen will issue the personal ownership certificate, provided that applicant has submitted the required equivalent document issued by the non-EU country concerned. Procedure is the same as described above. The applicant should also submit the original certificate issued by the non-EU country for verification.