Take your pet on holiday with you!

Lappeenranta is located amidst great areas for outdoor exploration and it is an ideal destination for the whole family – including your pets!
Many of the hotels welcome pets. Please remember to mention you are coming with a pet when making the booking.

Dog parks

There are five dog parks in Lappeenranta. Dog parks are fenced areas, where dogs can run free, play and enjoy the company of other dogs, while their owners keep an eye on them.
Please make sure that your pet’s collar has the name and telephone number of its owner.

Swimming place for dogs

Near the Myllysaari recreational area and family park, you will find a swimming place for dogs who like swimming and playing in the water with their owners. See the location on a map.
A private dog swimming pool also offers its services in Lappeenranta (called Elämäni Koira), offering the opportunity for dogs to have a swim in the winter season, too. A 4 x 8 metre indoor pool invites your dog or dogs to go for a swim in heated water, with the help of their owner or the staff.

Veterinary services

There are several private veterinary clinics in Lappeenranta that are mostly open on weekdays, by appointment.
Animal patients in need of urgent care, outside of opening hours, are attended to by an on-duty vet. The on-duty veterinary service is intended for urgent cases that require immediate treatment.

On-duty veterinary service

    Telephone: +358 600 17070
    Their services are available weekdays from 4 pm to 8 am, weekends and public holidays.

Pets arriving in Finland from abroad

Please make sure that your pets have the appropriate travel documents to ensure that their journey goes as smoothly as your own.
The necessary travel documents and health documents differ depending on your country of residence or the animal’s country of origin.
Any pets travelling to Finland through the Saimaa Canal must comply with the normal regulations for pets entering the country from Russia. Please see the information regarding the use of European Union Pet Passport below.
You must also ensure that your pet will meet the entry requirements of your home country, when you return home with your pet. A pet travelling with a passenger is an animal that is not intended to be sold or handed over to a new owner.

A dog or a cat arriving in Finland from the European Union, Norway, Switzerland or equivalent country

A pet arriving with a traveller from the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and certain other countries must be must be accompanied by a pet passport.
You can purchase this passport from a vet. Before issuing a passport, the vet will check that the animal has an identification implant, a microchip. The vet makes all the entries on the pet passport, including the animal’s and its owner’s information, the animal’s ID number, vaccinations and medications against parasites.
A pet passport can also be used when a traveller visits a country outside the EU with the pet and returns to the EU with the animal.
Please contact your vet, in your country of residence, well in advance (several weeks before) before going on holiday. Please see the detailed instructions and a list of countries on the homepage of the Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA by following this link.

A dog or a cat entering Finland from Russia, the US and certain other countries

A dog or a cat entering Finland from Russia, the US and certain other countries must have a health check certificate. This certificate can be granted in the pet’s home country by a veterinarian who works for the authorities and holds the right to issue a health certificate, in accordance with EU requirements. Please see the detailed instructions and a list of countries on the homepage of the Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA by following this link.