Pet Travel to Europe – changes in requirements

Starting in July, 2011, all EU countries will require that your pet have a microchip and all documentation supporting the microchip number to permit entry. Some EU countries will accept all major brands of microchips and others will only accept the 15 digit ISO microchips. If your pet is micro chipped with a microchip other than a 15 digit ISO microchip, it is recommended that you carry your own microchip scanner. Additionally, EU 998 Regulations do not call for blood titre test for pets entering Europe from a third country. Three members of the EU have exemptions from this regulation: UK, Malta, and Sweden. This exemption expires next year and it remains to be seen whether it will be extended.

ISO microchips and microchip scanners are available at PetTravelStore.com. More information on pet microchips

For more details about taking a pet to any country in the EU, visit the pet passport, immigration, and quarantine page on PetTravel.com.

UPDATE: updated information on bringing your pet to Europe.


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Pet Travel to Europe – changes in requirements — 65 Comments

  1. Desy – every veterinarian should scan a pet after implanting a microchip and they should do the same anytime a pet goes in for a health check. Although techniques and equipment have improved over the years, unless the vet does a lot of implantations, they may pull the chip out along with the syringe. (that is what we have seen.) Rarely, a chip can migrate, but an x-ray should still show it. As for your question about re-vaccinating, that would be a good one for your vet. We can say that the vaccine used is not live; it is inactive.
    Susan

  2. Hi, is there someone has the same experience? planning to bring my dog back to france, we have our dog mircrochipped three months ago, and re-vaccinated several days after that. All is done and the dog is ready to fly. But when my husband brought the dog the vet to get health certificate (which has to be done five days before the departure!!!), suddenly the vet said that he just cannot detect the microchip. He had used the x ray, but it’s just not there!!!

    So they decided to get my dog microchipped again, and vaccinate again??? Is it okay for my dog? I mean he just got vaccinated three months ago.

  3. Therese – microchipping is mandatory for entering Ireland as it is for entering any EU Member State and the United Kingdom and has been for a long time. There are many other countries worldwide that require it as well. It is the most effective means of identification available on the market.
    Jason

  4. We were scheduled to visit Dublin for an important business next spring but had to cancel the trip because of compulsory microchipping. I wrote to the Irish department of agriculture and told them that it is highly likely my dog will react to the chip, and that there is zero chance for the dog to be lost (she is a service dog), but they said there is no exception. I am really frustrated that I cannot travel to any part of EU but I cannot do this knowing the risk.

  5. Theresa – the EU has required that dogs be microchipped to enter the country for a long time. They used to accept tattoos and still do as long as it will administered prior to July 3, 2011 and is clear and visible.
    Susan

  6. How is it possible that EU, where people are pretty aware of issues of animal well-being, passed this law that requires a chip in every animal?

    I live in the US with a small breed service dog and I cannot travel to Europe because of this new regulation. I am utterly horrified by recent research findings on adverse reactions to the chip. The size of “microchip” is actually very big for a small animal. It is like inserting a ballpoint pen into a human being. No matter how small it is, it still is a foreign object. Animal bodies will react to it and their immune system will be affected.

    My dog has auto immune diseases and she is sensitive to a number of allergens. I know it is highly likely that she will have negative reactions to the chip. But because of the new law she will not be allowed to leave the airport without the chip.

    Whose brilliant idea was this? When are the Europeans going to wake up and realize how barbaric this new law is? Please read the following articles:

    http://www.antichips.com/cancer/index.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3520242/Don-t-small-dogs-microchipped-procedure-deadly-warn-vets-urge-owners-flout-new-law.html

  7. Charles – the temperatures must be below 85 degrees for the airlines to fly your dog in the cargo hold. If you can find a flight that departs very early in the morning or late at night, the temperatures may not be as extreme. You can find regulations to import your dog to Germany here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Germany.cfm.
    Jason

  8. What months of the year can I ship my dog to Cologne, Germany, and what are the requirements?

  9. Hi Sarah – DEFRA, the agency that governs the import of pets to the UK, does not require that an agent handle the import of pets. However, an approved agent must pick up your pet from the airplane and take it to the Animal Clearance Center. Generally, the airline makes the arrangements, charges the fees and contracts with an agent to transport the pet. Inquire to your airline whether you can make these arrangements yourself. You can inquire as to costs from an agent that serves Gatwick at ipata.org.
    Susan

  10. Hi there we are leaving from Toronto Canada to London gatwick this year with my dog do I need to hire a dog agency when I arrive with my dog in uk? We are doing all the paperwork crate ourselves, and traveling with our dogon the same flight so I’m not really sure why I would need to hire a pet agency ?

  11. Hello – the EU no longer supports a microchip other than the 15 digit microchip. There may be shelters that have still have scanners that will read your pets’ chips, but that is not guaranteed now that the standard has been established. It certainly would be easier to re-chip them and many pets have 2 microchips. Seeing as though you are moving as opposed to visiting, it would make sense. At that point, you don’t need to worry about renting a scanner.
    Susan

  12. We will be moving from the US to Belgium with our 4 dogs (in 8 weeks). They all have 9-12 digit home again chips. I know I can rent a scanner to use when entering Belgium.

    My question is are their 9-12 digit chips going to be detectable by vet clinics/ shelters, etc. in Belgium in the event that they were to become lost?

    Am I better off getting them chipped again with a 15 digit chip?
    Thank You

  13. Hello.
    Will the AKC CAR 15-digit micro chip, installed in The USA within the past month, be able to scan at customs in Denmark? There is a lot of “general information” out there, using verbage as “most european countries”, ISO standard numbers, technical bla bla, and the likes. But nothing that solidly confirms that this chip can be read in specifically Denmark.
    Thanks for any help.
    RESPONSE: yes, this microchip is accepted in Denmark.
    Susan

  14. Hi,

    My husband will be leaving to Germany from India this October, our 1.5 year old female beagle and I will be joining once our paper work is done. I have a few questions as to how should we go about with our beagle’s documentation.

    1. Can my husband carry the blood sample from India to Germany by flight?
    YOUR VETERINARIAN WILL PERFORM THE BLOOD TITER TEST AND SEND THE SAMPLE TO AN APPROVED LAB AND THE RESULTS WILL BE RETURNED TO YOUR VETERINARIAN.
    2. Our dog has been vaccinated in July 2012, all the vaccinations as well as rabies, should she be vaccinated again, before taking the blood sample?
    THE BLOOD SAMPLE SHOULD BE TAKEN NO SOONER THAN 30 DAYS AFTER RABIES VACCINATION.
    3. If the microchip has been installed after the rabies vaccination, what has to be done?
    THE PET MUST BE MICRO CHIPPED, THEN VACCINATED. IN THIS CASE, YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-VACCINATE YOUR PET.
    4. Can we ourselves do all the paper work or should we go through an agent? If so, can you please let us know who is the best in Bangalore, India?
    UNLESS YOUR AIRLINE REQUIRES IT, A TRANSPORTER IS NOT REQUIRED TO BRING A PET TO GERMANY. IF YOU ARE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH A TRANSPORTER, YOU CAN FIND ONE AT IPATA.ORG.
    5. Can my husband submit the blood sample to the lab in Germany, if so where should he do it in Koln?
    YOUR HUSBAND IS NOT ALLOWED TO HANDLE THE BLOOD SAMPLE AND THERE IS NOT AN APPROVED LAB IN GERMANY. YOUR VET SHOULD SEND THE SAMPLE TO AN APPROVED LAB: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm.
    6. She will be travelling with me, what are the tips for me to take care of her, right from the moment we reach the departure airport to destination airport?
    YOUR PET CAN TRAVEL AS EITHER CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO DEPENDING ON THE SERVICE THAT YOUR AIRLINE PROVIDES. SHE WILL TRAVEL IN AN IATA COMPLIANT PET CRATE. YOU WILL NEED TO ROUTE THE TRIP SO YOUR PET WILL REMAIN ON THE SAME AIRLINE AS AIRLINES DO NOT INTERLINE PETS.
    7. What would be the ideal way of checking her in, accompanied or manifest baggage?
    THE CHECK-IN WILL DEPEND ON THE AIRLINES YOU CHOOSE, AND YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE CARGO DEPARTMENT OF THE AIRLINE FOR DETAILS.
    8. Would like to know the cost of the whole process and duration that it will take for her to fly with me, so that accordingly I can book my ticket?
    THE COST WILL VARY BY AIRLINE SO YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT YOUR AIRLINE FOR THAT INFORMATION.

    Please guide us. We have been researching every other website for proper answers, but haven’t got satisfying ones!
    She is like our own daughter and we cannot imagine leaving her behind.

    Thank you,

    Regards,
    Teju

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