Travelling with a pet

I. GENERAL

Non-commercial movement of pets is governed by regulation 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (hereinafter “regulation”) and the Commission implementing regulation 577/2013. In the sense of article 3, pet animals are animals listed in Annex I to the regulation who are accompanied by their owners or persons responsible for the given animals in the name of their owners during movement and are not meant for sales or delivery to another owner.

So, the animal species to which simplification of non-commercial movement of pet animals applies, are:

-dogs
- cats
- ferrets
- invertebrates (except bees and bumble bees and molluscs and crustaceans)
- tropical ornamental fish
- amphibia (e.g. frogs and  newts)
- reptiles (e.g. snakes, lizards, turtles, dragon lizards, chameleons)
- rodents and domestic rabbits
-  some bird species

In case travelling takes place together with animals who are kept as pets but do not belong to species listed in Annex I to the regulation (e.g. hens, turkeys, guinea fowls, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants, partridges, ostriches, miniature pigs, crustaceans, etc.) and/or there are more than 5 animals and/or the purpose of travelling is commercial and/or the animals are not accompanied by the owner or a person authorized by the owner, requirements governing trade of animals between EU countries or import of pet animals from non-EU countries shall apply and such animals and birds are subjected to veterinary checks.

I.1. DEROGATIONS

I.1.1. The maximum number of dogs, cats and ferrets accompanying a traveller may exceed 5 in case the following conditions are met:

- the non-commercial movement of pet animals is for the purpose of participating in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or in training for such events; and

- the owner or the authorised person submits written evidence that the pet animals are registered either to attend an event referred to above; and

- the pet animals are more than 6 months old.

I.1.2 Non-commercial movement of a pet animal can take place up to five days earlier or later than the movement of the owner   if the movement of the pet animal constitutes part of the movement of the owner. In such case, the owner or the authorised person shall submit written evidence on movement of the owner (i.e. boarding pass or ship tickets of the owner).

I.2.DEFINITIONS

For the purpose of the present instructions, the following definitions apply:

a) “non-commercial movement” – any movement which does not have as its aim either the sale of or the transfer of ownership of a pet animal;

b) “pet animal” – an animal of a species listed in Annex I accompanying its owner or an authorised person during non-commercial movement, and which remains for the duration of such non-commercial movement under the re-sponsibility of the owner or the authorised person;

c) “owner” – a natural person indicated as the owner in the pet passport or health certificate;

d) “authorised person” – any natural person who has authorisation in writing from the owner to carry out the non- commercial movement of the pet animal on behalf of the owner;

e) “transponder” – a read-only passive radio frequency identification device;

f) “identification document” – pet passport or health certificate that enables the pet animal to be clearly identified and its health status to be checked for compliance with the requirements;

g) “pet passport” - identification document pursuant to Annex III to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 for non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets into a Member state from another Member State or certain non-EU- countries.

h) “certificate” - identification document pursuant to Annex IV part 1 to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 for non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets into a Member State from a territory or a non-EU country;

i) “declaration of non-commercial movement” - declaration of the owner of the animal or the authorised person pursuant to Annex IV part 3 to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 confirming that the movement of dogs, cats and ferrets into the Union is a non-commercial movement;

j) “transit declaration” - declaration of the owner of the animal or the authorised person pursuant to Annex I part 2 to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 stating that the animals introduced into a Member State from a territory or a non-EU country, during transit through a territory or a third country other than those listed , have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies and have remained secure within a means of transport or within the perimeter of an international airport;

k) “declaration of non-vaccinated animals” - declaration of the owner of the animal or the authorised person pursuant to Annex I part 1 to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 stating that the young dogs, cats or ferrets who have no valid rabies vaccination have had no contact with animals of species susceptible to rabies.

 

 

 

II. Requirements for movement into Estonia of dogs, cats and ferrets accompanying a traveller on non-commercial purposes from another Member State

 II.1. Identification

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be marked by implantation of a transponder or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before July 3rd 2011.

 Requirements for transponders:

a) the transponder must comply with ISO standard 11784 and apply HDX or FDX-B technology; and

b) the transponder must be capable of being read by a reading device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

 In case the transponder does not comply with the above standards, the traveller shall provide the means necessary  for reading that transponder..

II.2. Identification document

Upon arrival from another Member State, the pet animal must be accompanied by a pet passport complying with Annex III to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 that enables to identify the owner of the pet animal and his/her address and that proves the existence of valid vaccination against rabies. The passport must state the name and contact information of the owner, number of the transponder or the tattoo and rabies vaccination date, used vaccine and validity of the vaccination.

II.3. Vaccination

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination must be valid and executed at least 21 days in prior to arrival to Estonia.

Anti-rabies vaccination must fulfil the following conditions:

a) the vaccine was administered by an authorised veterinarian;

b) the pet animal was at least 12 weeks old at the date of vaccination;

c) the date of vaccination is stated by an authorised veterinarian or an official veterinarian in section V of the pet passport;

d) the date of vaccination entered to section V of the pet passport took place after implantation of or reading the number of the transponder stated in section III or the date of application and reading of the transponder or tattoo.

e) the validity period of the vaccination starts from establishment of the protective immunity but not later than in 21 days after primary vaccination and remains valid until the date the authorised veterinarian or official veterinarian has stated in section V of the pet passport;

f) a revaccination must be considered a primary vaccination if it was not carried out within the period of validity referred to in the above clause (e) of the previous vaccination.

g) the 21-days waiting period does not apply in case revaccination was executed during the validity period of the previous vaccination.

h) the anti-rabies vaccine used must have a marketing authorisation in the given Member State.

Information about vaccines with marketing authorisation can be found here.

III. Requirements for movement into Estonia of dogs, cats and ferrets accompanying a traveller on non-commercial purposes from Non-EU countries and territories

Territories of Member States located separately shall be considered Member States (Denmark: Greenland, Faeroe Islands; Spain: Canary Islands; France: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion; Gibraltar; Portugal: Azores and Madeira Islands).

The same conditions apply to pet animals arriving from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican. (see. c. II)

Entry of pet animals accompanying travellers on non-commercial purposes to Estonia from non-EU countries is allowed via all border stations open for international trafficking including travellers in which case supervision of such entry is executed by the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.

Upon travelling with more than 5 animals, requirements for import of pet animals apply; more information can be found here. In case of animals entering on commercial purposes, entry is allowed only via designated  Border Inspection Posts .

III.1. Identification

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be marked by implantation of a transponder or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before July 3rd 2011.

 Requirements for transponders:

a) the transponder must comply with ISO standard 11784 and apply HDX or FDX-B technology; and

b) the transponder must be capable of being read by a reading device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

 In case the transponder does not comply with the above standards, the traveller shall provide the means necessary  for reading that transponder.

III.2. Identification document

Upon arrival from a non-EU country, the pet animal must be accompanied with a certificate complying with the example in Annex IV part 1 to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 (see also the explanatory notes at the end of the certificate example). The certificate must state details about the owner and the animal, number of the transponder  or tattoo and rabies vaccination date, used vaccine and validity of the vaccination.

Note: The certificate is issued or verified by an official veterinary inspector, filled with capital letters in English language and the language of the Member State of entry and remains valid for 10 day as of the date of issuance. In case of maritime transportation, the validity of the certificate is extended by the length of the journey.

The certificate must be accompanied by the declaration of non-commercial movement signed by the owner of the animal or by a person authorised by the owner.

Upon re-entry of animals of EU origin from non-EU countries, the required accompanying document is the EU pet passport.

III.3 Vaccination and titration of antibodies

III.3.1. Regulation 576/2013/EU divides the non-EU countries into groups based on rabies situation in those countries. The lists of non-EU countries are established with Annex II to the Regulation 577/2013/EU. Annex II part 2 lists those third countries where the situation regarding rabies is considered satisfactory; requirements applicable to dogs, cats and ferrets arriving from those countries are the same regarding rabies as requirements for animals arriving from other Member States. Thus all dogs, cats and ferrets arriving from countries listed in part 2 of Annex II of regulation 577/2013 must have a valid anti-rabies vaccination and, in case of primary vaccination,  the primary vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before arrival to Estonia. The date of administering the anti-rabies vaccine as well as validity dates of vaccination are certified by the veterinarian in part II of the certificate issued for the pet animal.

Exception applies in case of young dogs, cats and ferrets without valid anti-rabies vaccination, please read more from part V.

Anti-rabies vaccination must fulfil the following conditions:

a) the vaccine was administered by an authorised veterinarian;

b) the pet animal was at least 12 weeks old at the date of the vaccination;

c) the date of vaccination is stated by an authorised veterinarian or an official veterinarian in section II.2 of the certificate;

d) the date of vaccination entered to section II.3 of the certificate took place after the date of implantation or reading the number of the transponder stated in section I.28 or the date of application and reading of the transponder or tattoo.

e) the validity period of the vaccination starts from establishment of the protective immunity but not later than in 21 days after primary vaccination and remains valid until the date the authorised veterinarian or official veterinarian has stated in section II.3 of the certificate;

f) a revaccination must be considered a primary vaccination if it was not carried out within the period of validity referred to in the above clause (e) of the previous vaccination;

g) the 21-days waiting period does not apply in case revaccination was executed during the validity period of the previous vaccination.

h) the anti-rabies vaccine used must have a marketing authorisation.

III.3.1.1 In case the animals are being moved  through countries not listed  in part 2 to Annex II of regulation 577/2013/EU as transit, the animals must be accompanied with a declaration of transit signed by the owner of the animal or an authorised person.

III.3.2  Dogs, cats and ferrets arriving from third countries not listed in part 2 of Annex II to regulation 577/2013 must, additionally to the anti-rabies vaccination, also have a rabies anti-bodies titre determined in a recognised laboratory. Anti-body titre can be determined starting from 30 days after vaccination. The required titre is 0.5 units/ml or higher. The time between determination of anti-titre and movement must be not less than 3 months. The test must be done in an authorised laboratory.

Information about titration of rabies anti-bodies must be entered into the certificate. The certificate must be accompanied with an original laboratory report verifying titration of anti-bodies according to the requirements.

Animals of European Union origin or of Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Vatican origin re-entering the European Union must instead of the certificate carry a pet passport that states rabies anti-body titration result in passport’s part VI entered before leaving the territory of the European Union or the above stated countries. The passport must be accompanied with an original laboratory report verifying titration of anti-bodies according to the requirements.

III.3.3 Upon taking dogs to United Kingdom, Malta, Ireland and Finland, Echinococcus multilocularis treatment of dogs is required. Anti- parasite treatment must be executed no later than 24 hours and not earlier than 120 hours before the time of the scheduled entry of the dogs to the above Member States. The anti-parasite treatment must be administered  by a veterinarian using a medicinal product that contains a sufficient dosage of praziquantel of another appropriate licensed pharmacological preparation.

The anti-parasite treatment data shall be verified in certificate part II.4 by the administering veterinarian.

IV.  With a pet animal to other EU Member States

IV.1. Identification

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be marked by implantation of a transponder or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before July 3rd 2011.

 Requirements for transponders:

a) the transponder must comply with ISO standard 11784 and apply HDX or FDX-B technology; and

b) the transponder must be capable of being read by a reading device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

 In case the transponder does not comply with the above standards, the traveller shall provide the means necessary  for reading that transponder..

IV.2. Identification document

Upon arrival from another Member State, the pet animal must be accompanied with a pet passport complying with Annex III to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 577/2013 that enables to identify the owner of the pet animal and his/her address and that proves the existence of valid vaccination against rabies. The passport must state the name and contact information of the owner, number of the transponder or the tattoo and rabies vaccination date, used vaccine and validity of the vaccination.

The requirements of the destination countries can usually be found on the homepages of the respective customs agencies from subdivisions of traveller information. References of some countries can be found from clause VIII.

IV.3. Vaccination

Upon taking animals to other EU Member States, existence of valid rabies vaccination is required. Member States may allow movement of  young dogs, cats and ferrets without valid anti-rabies vaccination in case they are accompanied with a pet passport and they have not left the place of birth and have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies or the pet animals are accompanied by their mother on whom they still depend. However, many Member States do not allow the above and the import requirements of the countries of destination should always be checked before travelling.

IV.4. Anti-parasite treatment

Upon movement to United Kingdom, Malta, Ireland and Finland, Echinococcus multilocularis infection treatment in dogs is required. Anti-parasite treatment must be executed no later than 24 hours and not earlier than 120 hours before the scheduled entry  to the above Member States. Anti- parasite treatment must be administered  by a veterinarian using a medicinal product that contains a sufficient dosage of praziquantel of another appropriate licensed pharmacological preparation.

The anti-parasite treatment data shall be verified in the respective part of the pet passport by the administering veterinarian.

The above also applies upon taking pet animals to Norway even though Norway is not an EU Member State.

V. TRAVELLING WITH YOUNG DOGS, CATS OR FERRETS
v.1 From other EU Member States and certain territories or Non-EU countries(countries listed, see III.3.1), non-commercial movement of young cats, dogs and ferrets without valid anti-rabies vaccination to the territory of Estonia is allowed.

These pet animals can be:

               a) less than 12 weeks old and not vaccinated against rabies or

                b) 12-16 weeks old and vaccinated against rabies but the vaccination is not yet valid.

Non-commercial movement of such pet animals without valid anti-rabies vaccination is allowed only if the destination country is Estonia. Before travelling to other EU Member States, the requirements of the respective state must be found out in prior since allowing movement with pet animals on above conditions is placed within the competence of each Member State. The further movement of unvaccinated animals from Estonia into other Member State is not allowed.

V.2 The animals must comply with the following requirements:

V.2.1. Dogs, cats and ferrets must be marked by implantation of a transponder.

Requirements for transponders:

a) a transponder must comply with ISO standard 11784 and apply HDX or FDX-B technology; and

b) the transponder must be capable of being read by a reading device compatible with ISO standard 11785.  In case the transponder does not comply with the above standards, the traveller shall provide the means necessary  for reading that transponder..

V.2.2. Dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied with an identification document that must state information about the animal and the owner of the animal, number of the transponder or the tattoo and rabies vaccination date, used vaccine and validity of the vaccination.

The certificate must be accompanied by a non-commercial movement declaration signed by the owner of the animal or by a person authorised by the owner.

V.2.2.1. In case the animals are accompanied by their mother on whom they depend, it must be possible to establish from the identification document of the mother that before their birth, the mother received an anti-rabies vaccination, which complied with the validity requirements.

V.2.2.2. In case the animals are travelling without their mother, either the owner or the authorised person provides a signed declaration of unvaccinated animals that verifies that from birth until the time of the non-commercial movement the pet animals have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies.

VI. Requirements for non-commercial movement of pet animals other than dogs, cats or ferrets

The EU has not yet implemented special requirements for non-commercial movement of pet animals other than dogs, cats or ferrets. The general requirement is that the animals must be clinically healthy and their welfare requirements must be fulfilled during movement.

However, some states require a special permit or have other requirements for travelling with such animals. The requirements of the destination countries can usually be found on the homepages of the respective customs agencies from subdivisions of traveller information. References of some countries can be found from clause 7.

VII. With a pet animal to non-EU countries

Upon taking a pet animal into a non-EU country, requirements of the respective destination country must be followed. Most of the non-EU countries require a veterinarian certificate upon entry, which can be applied for in the county veterinary centres.

VIII. Information about travelling with pet animals in some countries:

Finland, Sweden, NorwayLithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Great Britain, France, Malta, USA, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece

Additional general Information about travelling with pet animals:

http://www.agri.ee/?id=10856 and http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/index_en.htm

 


 

 

 

Files:

 

Pet passport, example

 

Certificate example, pet animals

 

Non-commercial movement declaration of pet animals, example

 

Transit declaration example, pet animals

 

Declaration of non-vaccinated pet animals, example

 

List of non-EU countries as of 30.12.2014 (577/2013 Annex II)

 

 

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