Traveling in Europe (EU) with a dog

No matter your destination, when you plan to travel abroad with your furry friend, you must take into account the legal requirements before leaving your country of origin and those applicable in your final destination.

First of all, your furry will need a pet passport issued by the competent authority of its country of origin; In EU countries, you can get it from your local veterinary clinic.

Your dog will need an electronic microchip or a legible tattoo with the same code as the one documented in the passport.

An EU pet passport is a document issued by an official veterinarian in a member state of the European Union (EU) or other designated country that contains official health information related to a specific pet.

As an EU citizen, you can travel freely with your cat, dog or ferret if they have a European pet passport. This passport is available at any licensed veterinarian and should contain details of a valid rabies vaccination.

For movement between EU countries or from non-EU countries, the rabies vaccination documented in the pet’s passport or the animal health certificate is the only requirement for dogs, cats and ferrets to cross the borders of the EU, with certain exceptions.

We should also mention the implication of Brexit before traveling from the UK to the EU or vice versa. As of today there is no further information on the status of the UK Pet Passport within the EU, so we strongly recommend that you ensure that your pet can travel from Great Britain to the EU as of January 1, 2021, in that case, you should contact your vet at least 4 months prior to travel for the latest advice.

If you are traveling outside the EU, you must carry an international rabies certification for the dog or cat that is traveling with you.

Your vet is totally familiar with this type of document. The vaccination date on the certificate must be within 30 to 365 days of your arrival on foreign soil.

Authorities will also check to make sure the rabies certification has been issued in the region of your primary (or most recent) residence.

In these times of pandemic, there are additional regulations, which mainly affect humans, they must wear a mask all the time in the airport facilities and also inside the plane.

In September 2020 I flew with Iberia from Madrid Barajas to Berlin Tegel together with my dog, as you can see in the photos below, I was wearing the mask all the time as requested by the health authorities.

My dog ​​is a Shina Inu, so he was able to stay in the cabin for the entire flight.

Helpful Links:

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/about-us/publicinterest/travel/petpassport.html

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021

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