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


In order to be moved into a Member State from another Member State,


(1) Regarding the number of pet animals moved

Where pet animals (dogs, cats or ferrets) are moved in a number of more than five and the conditions to derogate are not met, the animals are to comply with the animal health conditions applicable to trade in the Union.

(2) Regarding the marking

Member States shall authorise the movement into their territory of dogs, cts and ferrets marked by a clearly readable tattoo if applied before 3 July 2011.

(3) Regarding the vaccination against rabies:

Member States may authorise the movement into their territory of young dogs, cats and ferrets which are less than 12 weeks old and have not received an anti-rabies vaccination or are between 12 and 16 weeks old and have received an anti-rabies vaccination, but 21 days have not elapsed since the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination against rabies. See information at young animals.

In that case, the animals must be accompanied by either

  • a declaration of the owner (drawn up in accordance with the model set out in Part 1 of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 577/2013) attached to the passport stating that from birth until the time of dispatch, the animals have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies, or
  • their mother on whom they still depend and from the passport of their mother it can be established that the mother received before their birth a valid anti-rabies vaccination.

(4) Regarding the treatment against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis

Dogs moving directly between Finland, Ireland, Malta or the United Kingdom are exempted from the treatment against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.

(5) Regarding the passport

The movement into a Member State from another Member State of a pet animal (dog, cat or ferret) accompanied by a health certificate shall be authorised if carried out within the validity of such document.