Regulations for travel with dogs, cats and ferrets within the eu

A maximum of 5 pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) per person may be carried in the travel traffic. The animals must not be intended to change owners.

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If this does not apply, the regulations for trade in animals apply. More detailed information can be found in the Regulation on Intra-Community Movements and the Import and Transit of Animals and Goods (Internal Market Animal Health Regulation).

For Dogs, cats and ferrets transported across borders within the European Union become,

  • This passport must be uniquely assigned to the animal: that is, the animal must be identifiable by tattoo or microchip and the identification number must be entered in the passport. Since the age of 3. July 2011, the microchip is mandatory for newly identified animals (Technical requirements for transponder
    (PDF, 32KB, file is not barrier-free) ).
  • EU pet passports can be issued by a registered veterinarian. However, he needs an authorization of the authorities responsible according to the law of the country.

The Maximum number of five pets may be exceeded, if the animals are kept for the purpose of Participation in competitions, exhibitions and sporting events or. are brought to training for such events (no change of owner).

  • These animals must be at least six months old and
  • there must be a written proof that the animals are registered for one of the mentioned events.

Should more than five animals for other purposes If the pet animals are brought into the country, the regulations for the trade with animals apply. More detailed information can be found in the Regulation on intra-Community movements, imports and transit of animals and goods (Internal Market Animal Health Protection Regulation).

Vaccination protection against rabies

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In addition to information about the animal and its owner, the pet passport must include veterinary proof that the animal has valid rabies vaccination protection.

It is essential to note that the vaccination must not be carried out before the microchip is attached, in order to ensure that the rabies vaccination can be clearly and unmistakably assigned to the animal.

Since a period of 21 days is required for the development of effective vaccination protection, this means that in the case of a first vaccination, it must be carried out at least 21 days before crossing the border.

If a repeat vaccination is administered after the expiry of the validity period of the last vaccination, this vaccination is equivalent to a first vaccination (validity period of the vaccination is noted in the passport).

Ban on entry and transit with puppies under 15 weeks of age

EU countries with stricter requirements

In the member states Ireland, Malta and Finland there are stricter requirements about antiparasitic treatments, especially echinococcal treatment (tapeworms).

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