Pet Travel Europe Guidelines
Pet travel europe needs a lot of preparation and planning. Europe segregates pet travel into commercial and noncommercial and European member nations and third party country travels. Commercial travels would include more than 5 pets. Traveling with a dog, cat or ferret has become much easier now. You can travel with exotic animals and birds as well, however their travel will be handled as individual cases.
Pet Travel Europe Checklist
1. Traveling between member countries without enduring the quarantine process is a possibility now thanks to the Pet Travel Scheme. The pet owner must carry a Pet Passport which records all the vital information of the pet traveling. The pet must have an electronic microchip fitted or must have a clear readable tattoo for identification purposes. Tattoos are not acceptable procedure in Ireland, Malta and UK. The PETS scheme is also extended to countries like US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
This passport can also be used if the pet is traveling to or from one of the neighboring countries such as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State where the rabies status matches that of Europe.
Pets traveling from countries whose names are not listed above may have rabies prevalent among their domestic pets and hence such pets must be vaccinated and tested three months before entering all European countries except Ireland, Sweden, Malta and UK where quarantine is compulsory. The traveler must use a heath certificate which must be completely certified by the pet’s vet. The certificate can be found under the Document tab of the Health and Consumers website.
2. It is important to vaccinate the pet against rabies and the official document certifying the same must be carried. Apart from the rabies vacation, tapeworm treatment is also to be given to a dog and these details should be specified in the passport.
The owner of the pet should ensure to renew the vaccination if expired. Some member states may also ask for additional information like the pet’s medical history to simplify the veterinary process.
3. Animals should be treated for ticks or flees between 24-48 hours before boarding the plane.
4. Ensure that the carrier allows animal travels and also check the route of travel as temperatures, seasons etc. on the route may affect the animal’s health. Sedating the animals before the flight may affect the medication due to the altitude. Animals are transported in the hold as manifest cargo by most of the airplanes.
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