The EU Pet Passport: Everything You Need to Know

Med. vet. Fulya Şafak

As a pet owner, you know that your furry friend is part of the family. And, just like any other family member, you want to be able to take them with you when you travel. That’s where a pet passport comes in.

What is a EU-Pet Passport?

The EU pet passport is an official identification document that a pet owner is obliged to carry with themselves when crossing borders. This regulation applies to pets such as dogs, cats and ferrets. For other animal species there are no standard EU regulations yet. Thus, the national laws of the countries of travel apply here in each case.

Rabbits don’t need to have a EU pet passport. They’ll only receive yellow vaccination document as long as they are vaccinated.

Which information can be found in EU-Pet Passport?

The EU pet passport is issued by a veterinarian and contains information on the identification (such as microchip number/ tattoo number and place, sex, age, breed) and vaccination status of the pet. The pet passport is designed to last as long as the animal it accompanies, and includes contact information for the owner and the veterinarian who issued the passport.

PetLEO Digital Pet Passport allows you to store all of your pet’s information in one place. This can include their vaccination records, health history, microchip information, and more.

Why it is important to have EU-Pet Passport for your companion friend?

EU Pet Passport is really important for travelling and controlling animal transport.

Since rabies is a zoonotic (means it is transmitted to humans) and fatal disease, rabies vaccination became mandatory with the introduction of the EU pet passport to combat the spread of the disease.

Don’t forget → Your pet should be vaccinated at least 21 days prior to the departure date and the date of vaccination must be clearly stated.

My pet is under 3 months of age, can I still travel with him within the EU countries?

No. Before the trip, your pet must have a complete rabies vaccination, but rabies vaccination is not applied before 3 months of age. Don’t forget, after the first shot, the validity of the vaccine starts after 21 days. → So puppies can travel at the earliest at the age of 15 weeks (3 months + 21 days).

Why my pet can not get rabies vaccine before 3 months of age?

Because the rabies vaccine administered to pets younger then 3 months of age competes with maternal antibodies, the desired protective immunity may not be provided. Therefore, pets should be vaccinated against rabies from the age of 3 months.

Can my pet travel between European countries with a person other than the owner?

As a rule, pets must travel with their owners; however, you can give written consent to another person to accompany your pet.

What is the EU pet passport price?

The pet passport itself is not expensive. However, the prerequisites for obtaining an EU pet passport are mainly vaccination, general examination and microchip application. This fees are also charged differently among veterinarians (chip brand they are using, vaccine type and brand). Therefore, contact with your veterinarian regarding pricing.

I will never travel with my pet. Do I need a EU-Pet passport?

Even if you do not go abroad with your pet, it is important to have it chipped, registered and vaccinated regularly.

What does the “Echinococcus page” in the Pet Passport do?

Echinococcus is a zoonotic (i.e. human-transmitted) parasite. This parasite is usually transmitted from canines to humans. Since some countries (eg: Finland, Malta, Ireland, Norway) are free from this parasite, you should also have your dog treated for Echinococcus 24 to 120 hours before your trip and have it registered on the EU Pet Passport by your veterinarian.

Tipp: If you are going to travel between EU- countries, contact your veterinarian at least 1 month before your planned trip.


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