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Pet Travel to the European Union/Western Europe - information and veterinary requirements for the export of cats and dogs from the UK.

There is no official quarantine for cats and dogs entering any EU Country from the United Kingdom.

Veterinary Requirements - from 1st January 2012

An EU Pet Passport issued by your vet.

To obtain this, you must first have your pet microchipped by your vet. The vet must then vaccinate your pet against rabies.

Vaccination needs to be done at least 21 days prior to travel. It is advised that kittens and puppies are not given the rabies vaccination until they are at least 12 or 13 weeks old. So they are not likely to be able to fly much before they are 16 weeks of age.

Airlines require assurance that your pet is healthy enough to fly. Therefore your pet must be inspected by a vet shortly (preferably within a week) prior to the flight. The vet must then issue a fitness to fly (or private health) certificate.

Your pet is now ready to go.

Applies to all EU countries and some European Non EU Countries

Portugal (including Azores), Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania. Pet Passports and rules also apply to Gibraltar, Switzerland, Norway and possibly Russia (although we suspect they have a few extra vaccination requirements).

 

Exceptions

Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man - Ideally a Pet Passport should be prepared but in effect only a Fitness to fly certificate should be required.

Norway see  Norwegian official veterinary website  - Former requirement of Tapeworm treatment effective against echinococcus (praziquantel) 24-120 Hours prior - No longer required for animals coming from UK (last checked 20th Apr 2017).

 

Malta see  Malta official website  - Malta require you to pre-notify them for all pet Imports. Please see information on their website. Former requirement of Tapeworm treatment effective against echinococcus (praziquantel) 24-120 Hours prior - No longer required for animals coming from UK (last checked 20th Apr 2017).

 

There may be some exceptions for unvaccinated kittens or puppies under 13 weeks see:  EU Pet Travel Scheme National Rules  and go to the relevant country website. However it is so difficult to legally comply with the various regulations that we are unable to offer a service for animals that might fall under this category.

If you intend to return to the UK: New Rules from 1st January 2012 – no rabies blood test is required if pets are coming from an EU or listed country.  Pet Travel Scheme Rules DEFRA Press release .

Animals must be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them ie they must be large enough for the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).

 

With information on the measurements of your pet(s) we can build Kennels (wood frame, plywood sides, wire mesh front) to fit.

 

You may be able to take your pet as excess baggage on a scheduled airline although this is becoming rarer. This would mean booking direct with the airline and is sometimes the cheaper option. However there may be restrictions such as standby status depending on the airline and the route.

Please note that the only charter airlines that can take livestock are Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Astraeus - and then only to certain destinations and only as cargo. If your flight is able to carry animals we are able to book your pets on the same flight.

 

Should the animal(s) be a particularly large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time as the move be particularly difficult then we can offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, boarding and health certification.

 

FTF† - Fitness to fly certificate.

This is a document/letter provided by any vet describing your pet(s) and confirming that on the date they were examined they were deemed to be free of clinical signs of disease and of a satisfactory condition to be transported by air. It should state the name of the owner and address, the destination airport and final destination address. The certificate is valid for up to 10 days (but is dependent on the airline and country - some deem certificates to be valid only for 24 hours).

 

Table of paperwork/veterinary requirements for EU/European Pet Passport destinations

 

Country

Pet Passport needed

Airline Health Cert needed

Rabies Vaccn Reqd

Other Vaccn Reqd

Other Treatments Reqd

Microchip Reqd

Ireland - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Spain - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Portugal - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Greece - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Italy - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

France - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Netherlands - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Belgium - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Luxembourg - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Germany - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Denmark - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Austria - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Finland - Cat/Dog

Yes

24 Hr FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Poland - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Hungary - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Slovenia - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Czech Republic - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Slovak Republic - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Lithuania - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Latvia - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Estonia - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Bulgaria - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Romania - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Cyprus - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Sweden - Dog/Cat

Yes

24 Hr FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Malta - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

Tapeworm

Yes

Switzerland - Cat/Dog

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Gibraltar - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Optional

No

Yes

Norway - Dog/Cat

Yes

24 Hr FTF†

No

Optional

No

Yes

Russia - Dog/Cat

Yes

FTF†

Yes

Advisable

Tick and Tapeworm

Yes

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