Instruction for vets issuing passports

INSTRUCTION FOR VETS ISSUING PASSPORTS FOR PET ANIMALS, AS DEFINED BY A DIRECTIVE NO. 998/2003/WE OF 26 MAY 2003

1.     Passports can be issued for dogs, cats and ferrets.

2.     Dogs and cats under 3 months old cannot be transferred to other EU countries, unless the target country accepts such possibility.

3.     Entries in passports and return form must be made in neat, legible, capital letters. When completing passport and return forms, official country name must be used (see below):

(Official names of countries from the EU Treaty of Accession)

These names must be used whilst completing passport forms!

Kingdom of Belgium
Kingdom of Denmark
Federal Republic of Germany
Hellenic Republic
Kingdom of Spain
French Republic
Ireland
Italian Republic
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Republic of Austria
Portuguese Republic
Republic of Finland
Kingdom of Sweden
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Czech Republic
Republic of Estonia
Republic of Cyprus
Republic of Latvia
Republic of Lithuania
Hungary
Republic of Malta
Republic of Poland
Republic of Slovenia
Slovak Republic

1.     Responsibility for correct completion of the issued passport lies with the issuing vet. In case of mistakes in the passport, veterinarian needs to complete a new passport form. "Wasted" forms must be sent back to a local District Chamber. The cost of a new passport is borne by the issuing vet.

2.      Before the passport is issued and before any new entries are made, the animal must be verified by reading a tattoo or a microchip.

3.     Conditions to issue a passport (in order):

1.     Tagging the animal with a tattoo or microchip (conventionally, chips are injected on the left side of the neck, at half of its length; tattoos are usually made in pinna or groin).

2.     Legible entry made into the passport.

3.     Rabies vaccination.

Caution!

  • Copying a vaccination performed by another vet confirmed by a veterinary certificate is possible only if the animal in question can be identified by a tattoo or a chip.
  • Dogs can be vaccinated if they are over 3 months old.
  • If the target country doesn’t require serological tests to confirm the level of antibodies, the animal can be transported no sooner than after 21 days since the vaccination date, and before the vaccination expires.

1.     In order to bring an animal to the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Malta, an additional serological test is required; it determines the level of antibodies neutralizing the rabies virus and must be carried out in an n EU-approved laboratory. Test results are copied into V section of the passport.

2.     If the animal has been vaccinated against other diseases, it should be noted in VIII section of the passport.

3.     If the animal has been treated (also preventively) for ticks, it should be noted in VI section.

4.     If the animal has been treated (also preventively) for echinococcosis, it should be noted in VII section.

5.     Sections IX and X are filled if the animal enters Ireland, UK, Sweden, Malta or a non-EU country. Section IX is filled by a vet, and section X is filled by a County Veterinarian.

6.     Issuing a passport is a veterinary service.

7.     Return form must be sent within 7 days to District Veterinary Chamber which issued the passport form.

8.     The issuer charges a fee for issuing the passport - 51 PLN gross.

9.    Passport fee doesn't include chipping and vaccination costs.

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