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Movement of pets


The adoption of harmonised rules on travelling with pets has made it easier for EU citizens and their dogs, cats or ferrets to enjoy the freedom of movement within the Union. This significant step was made possible by dramatic advances made in the fight against rabies.

For movement between EU countries or from non-EU countries vaccination against rabies documented in the pet passport or the animal health certificate is the sole requirement for dogs, cats and ferrets to travel across EU borders, with certain exceptions.


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EU countries' specific information

National rules that apply to the movement of animal species not affected by rabies, as well as the ones of no epidemiological significance for rabies...

Poster: Diseases don't respect borders!

Poster: Diseases don't respect borders!

Travellers' points of entry

Dogs, cats and ferrets moved for non-commercial purposes into an EU country from a territory or a third country other than Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe