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  Movement of Pets (Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) - Non-Commercial Movement within the EUslide


Entry into all Member States:

Valid anti-rabies vaccination is the sole requirement as regards rabies (see Annex Ib to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003).

Entry into Finland, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom:

Dogs must be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011 BGCSDADEELESETFIFRHUITLTLVMTNLPLPTROSKSLSV pdf, as follows:

  • the treatment shall be administered by a veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry into Finland, Ireland, Malta or the United Kingdom;
  • the treatment shall be certified by the administering veterinarian in the relevant section of the passport.

Member States may allow entry of young animals under 3 months old under certain conditions (to be defined by the competent national authorities)

In addition to the above-mentioned rules and according to Commission Regulation (EU) No 388/2010, pet dogs, cats and ferrets must comply with the rules laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC (see commercial movements within the EU), where the total number of pet animals of those species moved for non commercial purposes into a Member State from another Member State exceeds five.


For all movements, whatever the Member State of destination, the animal needs to be accompanied by a passport complying with the model in the Annex to Commission Decision 2003/803/EC


The animal shall be identified by an electronic identification system (transponder) or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011, of which the alpha-numeric code corresponds to the one documented in the passport.



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