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EU pet passport

You want to travel with your pet within the EU and are wondering which documents are required? The most important thing has been a valid one since October 01, 2004 EU pet passport! We answer the most frequently asked questions about the EU animal passport.

Why do I need an EU pet passport?

The EU pet passport acts in some way as aPet passport. You can have it displayed for dogs, cats and ferrets. On the one hand, it is a proof of your animal's identity and, on the other hand, an alternative to the conventional, yellow vaccination certificate. You need it primarily for Travel abroad in the EU. The ID ensures uniform entry requirements and thus enormously simplifies stays abroad with pets. In addition, ownership of animals can be proven beyond doubt thanks to the registered microchip number. Even if you want to bring an animal from abroad, you have to have an identity card issued for the transfer. However, you are only allowed to take a maximum of five animals abroad at the same time.

However, those who do not leave Germany with their pets can use a normal vaccination certificate. The pass is not compulsory for all animal species. Small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are not required to show identification. However, you should not travel with small animals if possible, as they are very sensitive to stress.

By the way: You can get tips on traveling with your dog in the magazine!

How do I apply for an EU pet passport?

Since December 29, 2014 you have been receiving an EU pet passport exclusively from veterinarians. You do not have to apply for the document in advance. However, it is advisable to let the vet know in advance so that he can order an empty copy for your animal. You then fill in the data together with the veterinarian. A prerequisite for the issue of the ID is a implanted microchip. However, you can only indicate a tattoo if your animal was tattooed before July 3, 2011. This is because this type of labeling has no longer been allowed since July 2011.

What vaccinations does my pet need?

In order for your four-legged friend to get an EU pet passport, it must vaccinated against rabies be. According to the regulation of the European Parliament, the pet can only leave the country with a valid vaccination. This is to curb the spread of the disease within Europe. There is no exception for puppies and kittens either. For example, if you want to buy a puppy from abroad, you can only import it from the age of 16 weeks. The vaccination can take place at the earliest in the 12th week of life and only takes effect 3 weeks later. Therefore, the veterinarian not only needs to know the vaccination date, but also the Enter the validity of the vaccination by hand.

In general, theDuration of action all vaccinations are clearly visible. It is also important that your animal was clearly identifiable (by chip or tattoo) at the time of vaccination. You must have all vaccinations that were made before the EU pet passport was issued have the old vaccination card carried over. The sticky notes do not have to be stuck in again. It is enough if your Veterinarian makes a handwritten entry. However, an old rabies vaccination can only be transferred from the old vaccination card to the EU pet passport if the vaccination took place after the animal was identified. If you have vaccinated your four-legged friend before the identification, this vaccination must not be entered in the EU pet passport. You have to have him vaccinated again to issue the passport.

By the way: You can find information about further vaccinations for dogs in the magazine.

How much does an EU pet passport cost?

The costs for an EU pet passport are calculated according to the fee schedule for veterinarians (GOT). For the exhibition, the vet must read the microchip or tattoo. In addition, there are costs for transferring the data from the old vaccination certificate and the procurement costs for the identification form. Overall come about Cost of ten euros towards you. If your animal is not chipped, there are additional costs of around 30 to 50 euros for inserting the chip. Your four-legged friend can get the necessary rabies vaccination for around 30 euros.

What is in the EU pet passport?

The pet passport contains the Number of the tattoo or the microchip of the animal. The ID card also records the date and location of the tattoo or chip implantation. For the exact identification of the animal there are also some fields to describe the four-legged friend. Here you can enter your name, species, gender, coat color, date of birth and breed. If you want, you can also paste in a photo of the four-legged friend. The document also holds the Keeper's data as well as the contact details of the treating veterinarian. As soon as the vet has entered the information, you, as the owner of the animal, have to sign.

In the back of the card there are some pages for entries of vaccinations and treatments against parasites. Here, as with the usual yellow vaccination card, you can stick the small stickers with the vaccine. In order to avoid counterfeiting and fraud, the self-labeled pages are covered with a self-adhesive lamination so that the data is not subsequently changed. In addition, the treating veterinarian saves the entered data in a database. The EU Commission also stipulates that the IDmust be bilingual. If the ID does not meet the exact requirements, you can have difficulties during an inspection. If your dog has one EU pet passport from abroad this is just as valid as an ID card issued in Germany.

Where is the number of the EU pet passport?

You can find the individual identification number of the EU pet passport on the cover as on each data-bearing side. The number consists of the code of the member state (DE for Germany), a company code and a sequential number. In this way, your animal can be precisely identified using the number.

What happens if I travel without a pet passport?

Anyone who crosses a national border with a dog, cat or ferret within the EU must be able to show a valid EU pet passport. Although you are usually not checked at the European borders when entering and leaving, it is advisable to carry your ID with you. Without ID, there can be trouble with possible controls. It can happen that the animal is taken from you or has to be quarantined. It is also possible that the animal sent back to Germany at the expense of the keeper becomes. When traveling by air, a pet ID is required at check-in. Without ID, your dog or cat cannot come with you and will stay at home. Therefore, it is essential to have an ID issued before every trip abroad! The effort and costs are not particularly high and the purchase of the ID is definitely worthwhile. If your pet passport is lost, you can easily get a new one.

Is the pet passport also valid outside the EU?

Every country you want to travel to with a pet usually requires a health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. However, the exact regulations differ from country to country. Many neighboring countries of the EU such as Croatia, Norway or Switzerland recognize the official EU pet passport. You will probably be able to enter Great Britain with your pet passport even after you leave the EU. Also in the USA and Canada is der EU identity card officially recognized. For air travel to other more distant countries, however, you should also get one as a precaution official veterinary health certificate getting exhibited. In addition, there are some countries that make quarantine mandatory, even if your animal is demonstrably healthy. To re-enter the EU, you will need an EU pet passport in any case. It therefore makes sense to have an ID issued for your animal for all trips outside Germany.

Do you have an EU pet passport for your four-legged friend? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!