The Pet Travel Scheme is used to create a single set of pet travel requirements across the European Union (EU), and includes the movement of pets with their owners.
The following changes to the Pet Travel Scheme will come into effect on the December 29, 2014. If you are travelling with a cat, dog or ferret to an EU member country, the following regulations will apply as of December 29:
No More Than Five Animals - A maximum of five pets can travel at once. If there are more than five, the animals will not be eligible to enter the EU under the Pet Travel Scheme. They will be deemed commercial and have to comply with commercial regulations (see Balai Directive).
No More Than Five Days Apart From Your Pet - The pet must travel within five days of its owner. The owner may designate another person to travel with the pet (this person's name must be added to the health certificate).
Selling or Sending a Pet to a New Home? Pets that will be sold, re-homed will not be eligible to travel under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. This means they will be deemed commercial and will need to comply with the Balai Directive.
Under the Pet Travel Scheme, all dogs, cats and ferrets entering the EU will continue to require:
- Micro chipping
- Vaccination against rabies
- A blood test 30 days after vaccination (if returning or travelling from an unlisted third country)
- A waiting period after primary vaccination and prior to travel 21 days if travelling from another EU country or a listed third country
- A waiting period of 3 months if travelling from an unlisted third country
- Treatment against tapeworm (dogs only)
- A Pet passport (or third country certificate)
For More Information
To find out more about transporting pets to the European Union, and obtain the most recent versions of all necessary health certificates, please visit https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners#dogs-cats-and-ferrets
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