New fees in effect for members of U.S.
forces to bring pets into Germany
|HEIDELBERG, Germany (U.S. Army Europe Office of the
Chief of Public Affairs) — Members of the U.S. forces community who
bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will
be charged a fee payable in Euros (€) by German authorities, effective
The fee will be charged during arrivals at Ramstein Air Base and
Frankfurt International Airport.
At Ramstein an examination fee of €55 (about $75 U.S. dollars according
to current exchange rates) per pet owner will be charged for all pets
imported into Germany from outside the European Union (EU).
Kaiserslautern County officials said the fee is being levied in
accordance with EU regulations designed to prevent the introduction and
dissemination of rabies.
Upon arrival at Ramstein, pets will be examined by veterinary officials
near the passenger terminal’s baggage claim area. Owners may pay the fee
by credit card only.
Owners arriving with their pets at Frankfurt International Airport also
will pay a fee. That fee is €35 (about $48 U.S. dollars) per accompanied
pet or €55 for an unaccompanied pet, and increases by 50 percent for
pets that arrive on a weekend or holiday.
Payment of the fee is the responsibility of the pet owner, and cannot be
claimed for reimbursement on an official travel voucher, according to
officials with the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Judge Advocate (OJA).
However, while OJA experts said the fee is prohibited from reimbursement
under the provisions of the Department of Defense Joint Travel
Regulations, pet owners may be able to claim the fee as a deductible
moving expense on their federal income tax returns.
While Ramstein and Frankfurt are the only locations currently slated to
begin imposing the fee Feb. 1, because it is based on EU regulation
other EU ports of entry could enact similar fees in the future.
Anyone in the Fort McCoy community with questions about relocation
issues can call the Army Community Service Center at 608-388-3505 or
visit building 2111.