Travel abroad with a dog

EU directives precisely state that an animal must have a passport. The document must be issued by a qualified vet (the list is published on, and serologic blood tests - if required - must be carried out only in specified laboratories.


On 1 Jan 2012 tests for rabies antibodies became VOLUNTARY in the UK, Malta, Ireland and Sweden.
Rules for dogs (cats, ferrets) traveling from Poland for non-commercial purposes
I. Dogs (cats and ferrets) traveling for non-commercial purposes from Poland to the following EU countries: Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary, are subject to the same regulations as animals traveling from the EU into Poland, i.e.:
1.  Must be identifiable by:
a legibly tattooed number or a microchip compliant with ISO 1784 norm or Annex A to ISO 11785 norm. If the chip is not compliant with any of these norms, the animal owner or carer must be prepared to read the microchip number at all times, i.e. have a reader.
2.  Animals must be vaccinated against rabies (the vaccination becomes valid after 21 days, if it is the first vaccination for an animal older than 3 months old (Commission’s decision no. 2005/91/WE of 2 Feb 2005, which determines when the rabies vaccination is considered valid). In case of follow-up vaccinations made regularly at intervals recommended by its manufacturer (booster dose), vaccination becomes valid on the day the booster was injected. If the owner or the person responsible for the animal doesn't have a certificate of the latest vaccination confirming that it was performed according to manufacturer’s recommendations, the follow-up vaccination is treated as the first one and become valid after 21 days.

3.  Animals must have a passport issued by a qualified vet and it must certify the validity of rabies vaccination.


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