Pets are part of our families so it’s logical that we would want to include them in our family holidays. Taking you pet abroad is much easier these days with the European Pet Passport system. As an EU national, you can freely travel with your cat, dog or ferret if it has a European Pet Passport. This document is available from any authorised veterinarian and must contain details of a valid anti-rabies vaccination.
The adoption of harmonised rules on travelling with pets has made it easier for EU citizens and their best friends to enjoy the freedom of movement within the Union. This significant step was made possible by dramatic advances made in the fight against rabies. All EU countries accept the EU Pet Passport as long as it includes details of a valid anti-rabies vaccination and a few non-EU countries including Switzerland and Norway also accept it.
The Pet Passport contains ownership information and a description of the animal, the chip number and a listing of all rabies and other usual vaccinations depending on the animal.
The procedure is quite easy but there are some rules to follow:
- Microchip. Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 compliant, 15-digit pet microchip and installed at least 12 months before travelling.
- Vaccinations. Your pet has to have records and all vaccinations up to date.
- Tapeworm Treatment. Only for dogs, they have to be treated against this between one and five days before travelling.
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