QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS CONCERNING PET
I am living in the EU. Where can I get the
You must contact a
veterinarian in your home country. The national
authorities in every EU country are responsible
for issuing the passport to the vets. Please
note that the European Commission does not
issue the pet passport.
Which animals are covered?
The new EU-system is
for cats, dogs and ferrets. For other pets,
there is not yet harmonised legislation at the
EU level, so national legislation applies.
How does the pet passport work?
For movements of pets between EU Member States, valid rabies vaccination is the only requirement for travel across borders. You should simply go to your vet, who will vaccinate your pet and enter the appropriate information in the pet passport.
To connect the pet to the passport, the animal must be fitted with an electronic microchip (transponder) or have a clearly readable tattoo, applied before 3 July 2011. Young pets which cannot be vaccinated yet may be allowed to travel without vaccination on the conditions defined by each Member State.
The EU pet passport has been designed to last for the lifetime of the animal bearing it. When travelling, the pet owner must ensure that the rabies vaccination in the passport is valid or renew the pet's vaccination. Some Member States might also choose to include additional information in the passport about other vaccinations and the animal's medical history to make veterinary checks easier, but this additional information is not required by EU law.
The EU pet passport makes veterinary checks easier and make life easier for travelling pet owners, since there is one single system that applies for all EU countries.
I am travelling to an EU Member State from a
non-EU country. Can I use the pet
No, in principle the
pet passport is only used for pets travelling
between Member States of the European Union.
However, you can also use the pet passport if
you are travelling to or from one of the
neighbouring countries where the rabies status
matches that of the EU. This includes: Andorra, Croatia,
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San
Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City
For pets entering the
EU from another country, there are two
different possibilities :
- either you come from
a country with a favourable situation
regarding rabies and animal health
more information on this list of countries,
- or you come from a
country that does not appear on the footnote
list above, which means that rabies may be
endemic among domestic pets in your country.
In this case, your pet must be vaccinated and
tested three months before entering all EU
- In both cases, you
can use the health certificate found under
"Document" on the following
veterinarian must complete the health
certificate either in English or in the
language of the country you are travelling
to. If your veterinarian does not have the
health certificate, you can download it from
the above website as a Word document in the
language of the EU country that you are
- Finally, an animal
from a Member State that temporarily stayed
in a third country will of course be able to
come back on the territory of the European
Union if it is accompanied by its passport,
notwithstanding the fact that the animal must
be in conformity with the rules that apply to
entries from the country where it
I live in one of the non-continental EU
territories, for example Martinique or the
Canary Islands. Can I use the pet
Yes, you can use the
pet passport if you are travelling to or from
the following territories:
- Greenland and the
Faroe Islands (Danish pet passport);
- French Guiana,
Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion (French pet
- Canary Islands
(Spanish pet passport);
- Azores and Madeira
(Portuguese pet passport);
- Gibraltar (specific
Gibraltar pet passport, not UK pet
I am a non-EU citizen but I will live in the
EU with my pet for several years. Can I get a
pet passport to use within the EU during this
Yes. You should
contact a veterinarian in any of the EU Member
States to get the necessary vaccination and
obtain a passport for your pet.