Can I bring my pet with me to the European Union?
Bringing your Pet to the European Union
The European Union (EU) is known for its pet-friendly regulations and has laid out cohesive guidelines for pet owners. So, yes, you can bring your pet with you to any country within the EU, but there are certain rules and regulations that you must comply with.
The most common pets that people bring are cats, dogs, and ferrets, but regulations apply to exotic pets and birds as well. For easy navigation, the EU has classified countries into 2 categories: listed and unlisted. The regulations differ for both.
Requirements for all Pets
All pets traveling to the EU must be identified with a microchip, which must be placed in the pet before vaccination. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of its rabies vaccination. After microchipping and vaccination, you will need to wait for 21 days to travel.
Each pet must also have a pet passport or a third-country official veterinary certificate. These documents must record all the information relevant to the pet and must be issued by an official veterinarian. You must also report your arrival to the competent authorities at the point of entry immediately after you enter the EU.
Additional Requirements for Dogs
If you are bringing a dog, it must be treated against Echinococcus multilocularis, a type of tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a veterinarian not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in EU.
Dogs coming from certain countries are required to undergo a serological test to confirm that the rabies vaccination has been effective. The blood sample must be taken at least 30 days after vaccination and the test results must show sufficient protection against rabies.
Requirements for Birds and Exotic Pets
If you are bringing pet birds, you must take it to the vet for a health check within 24 hours of your departure date. Only five birds per person are allowed and they should conform to the EU's rules about the import of birds.
For those bringing more unique pets, like reptiles or mammals, it's important to check EU's Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora to make sure your pet is allowed in the EU and what documentation they may need.
Although the process may seem overwhelming at first, once you understand the regulations and follow the procedures, bringing your pet with you to the European Union would become less daunting. Preparations must start early, but think about all the adventures you and your furry (or feathery, or scaly) friend can have!
Traveling with your pet to the European Union just became easier and more efficient, ensuring you never have to leave your companions behind.