Countries that Require Microchips for Pet Travel
All European Union (EU) Member Countries and many other countries of the world require that a
pet microchip must first be implanted in your
pet to identify it. The ISO (International Standards Organization) requires that the microchip meet specifications 11784/11785.
This is a 15 digit non-encrypted microchip operating at 134.2 kHz. This is the microchip that veterinarians and animal shelters
are most likely able to scan. If the microchip does not conform to ISO Standards, a standard microchip scanner may not
be able to read it when the animal is checked at the time of travel. It further means that if your pet is lost while in another country, the animal shelter or veterinarian who finds the
pet may not be able to access the database and arrange for the pets return to its owner. If your pet has a different microchip, we
recommend you carry your own pet microchip scanner.
To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine upon arrival in a country, or return the pet to the country of origin. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting. Although the countries below require a microchip as of the date of this publish, we strongly recommend that you microchip your pet wherever you are planning to travel. Pet identification is crucial should your pet become separated from you.
Countries that Require Microchips
- Antigua Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Canary Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Czech Republic
- French Polynesia (Tahiti)
- Holland Netherlands
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Jersey Channel Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
- Saudi Arabia
- Sint Maarten (St Martin)
- South Africa
- South Korea
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- Trinidad Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man)
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