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Holidays in Europe: Entry requirements for dogs


The long-awaited vacation is just around the corner, and the dog must not be missing. However, if the trip leads to another EU country, entry requirements apply to the four-legged friend. It is best to check in advance whether the following requirements are guaranteed. Vacation with dog: is everything packed? So let it begin! - Image: Shutterstock / Sergey Novikov

So that you and your dog do not face any difficulties on vacation, you should thoroughly inform yourself about the country-specific entry requirements. Some rules apply to all EU countries, others may vary from country to country.

Important for the holiday: is your dog chipped?

The entry requirements to other EU member states concern all dogs that are older than three months. Since 2012 it has also been mandatory that the four-legged friend is marked with a chip. A tattoo like it was accepted until 2011 is no longer enough. Regardless of whether you are traveling by ship, plane, car or train: the same rules apply to all forms of transportation with regard to your dog and relate to private travel.

Don't forget your EU pet passport

The entry requirements also include that you always have to carry your four-legged friend's EU pet passport with you. Among other things, it states that your dog has received a rabies vaccination, which is a prerequisite if you want to travel to another country together. However, the dog may only travel if the necessary vaccination was at least 21 days ago. The ID card will be given by your veterinarian, whose address must also be noted on it. A new EU pet passport has been distributed since December 29, 2014. If you are still in possession of the predecessor, you do not have to renew it.

Special rules of entry regulations

In principle, you can only travel with a maximum of five animals. More dogs may only be brought across the border in exceptional cases such as competitions, exhibitions or sporting events and require written proof of this. If your four-legged friend is both chipped and vaccinated and you have stowed the EU pet passport, nothing stands in the way of your vacation together. However, keep in mind that each EU country can set special rules regarding entry requirements. You should find this out before booking.

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