Pet Travel to Europe – changes in requirements

Pet travel to the European UnionStarting 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 our pet passport page at PetTravel.com.

UPDATE: updated information on bringing your pet to Europe.


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Pet Travel to Europe – changes in requirements — 79 Comments

  1. I am intending to travel a cat from the Philippines to Nuremburg Germany.. I would like to ask which brand of microchip( ISO compliant) shall I have her to wear in order ton enter germany. Thank You
    RESPONSE: Your pet must be micro chipped with a 15 digit ISO 11784/11785 compliant microchip like this one: https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-microchips/. After your pet receives the microchip, then they are vaccinated. No sooner than 21 days after vaccination, your pet must have a Blood Titer Test. Assuming negative results, your pet can enter Germany 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. There is an Annex II form for Germany that must also be filled out shortly prior to travel.
    Susan

  2. Hi I want to travel with my dog from Berlin to Prague just for a few days. she already is micro chipped and has an EU passport, but are there any other requirements? Like up to date shots, etc??
    RESPONSE: as long as your pet’s rabies vaccination is up to date and you have a blue pet passport, you should be fine. If you are flying, your airline may need a health certificate. Check their requirements.
    Susan

  3. can my dog travel from saipan to japan?,does my dog need microchip to go?
    thank you
    RESPONSE: your pet will need a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip to enter Japan. Also, an Import Certificate and a Blood Titer Test is also required. You can find complete instructions and the forms required for entering Japan here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/.
    Susan

  4. Hi, I just moved home to the US from the EU. My two cats were born in the EU and are EU microchipped. I am concerned that if they were to get lost, no one here in the States would be able to link them to me because the microchip is registered in Malta at https://www.mva.org.mt/mva-chip/SearchChip.php

    We will be moving to Belgium in about a year, so I need to retain the EU chips.

    Can you please advise me of the best way to link each cat’s 15 digit Maltese (EU) microchip to a database that a US vet/shelter/good samaritan might be able to access?
    RESPONSE: your microchip has 15 numbers. The first several numbers identify the country and the manufacturer. If the manufacturer has a website with reference to the database, your pet’s information can be found there. Many databases share information as well. There are also websites including AKC with databases where you can enter your pet’s information, although some of them have a fee. Google “pet microchip” and you will find them.
    Susan

  5. I currently live in Turkey and will be moving back to the united states at the end of the year. In order to fly home we have a layover in Germany. Does my King Charles need to be microchipped even though she will never leave the airport?
    RESPONSE: If you are transiting Germany with the same airline, then there should be no reason to clear customs and therefore you will not be required to conform to Germany’s requirements. Know also that, entering Germany from Turkey will also require a blood titer test 3 months in advance as well as a microchip and vaccination.
    Susan

  6. Hi! I am moving from California to Germany and am bringing my two cats with me. They are both up to date with their vaccination, and are chipped, however not with a 15 digit number. My question, once they receive their new chip will they need to get another rabis vaccination?
    Thank you!
    RESPONSE: Yes, and the vaccination will need to be administered at least 21 days prior to entering Germany.
    Susan

  7. I have a question about Health Certificate Endorsement for a dog and I hope to find some answers here. I am currently residing in Montreal, Canada but I will be moving to Stockholm, Sweden in a month with my dog. I am flying from Newark Airport to Stockholm, Sweden. I will travel by car to Newark from Montreal and only spend 3 days in the USA before departure. I was wondering if I need a Health Certificate Endorsement from the USA to leave the country? I will have all the required documents to enter Sweden endorsed in Montreal but I wonder if I also need to get a health certificate from the USA?
    I contacted the Swedish board of agriculture and I was informed that if I have all the required documents stamped and endorsed in Montreal,Canada, it will be sufficient.
    Thank you.
    RESPONSE: as long as you enter Sweden within 10 days of the date your vet signed the certificate, you should be fine.
    Susan

  8. Hi I wish to travel my dog from Amsterdam by flight to Paris to Bogota , colombia by car. What are the custom requirements for bringing my dog . Thank you

    RESPONSE: in order to enter France from the Netherlands, your pet must be micro chipped, then vaccinated at least 21 days prior to entering the country. I would advise that you get a blue pet passport from your vet which would make traveling through the EU easier.

    Every country has its own entry requirements, some more stringent than others. Without knowing your exact route, it would be impossible to address your question.
    Susan

  9. sorry for asking so many questions! and i really appreciate your help! so my vet needs to fill out each Annex II form for each country? I can’t just have him complete the health certificate?
    Anne

    RESPONSE: unless you have a vet in the EU issue you a blue pet passport, you will need an Annex II form for each country if you are flying If you are driving, you will need forms for the country you are flying into.
    Susan

  10. Thanks for the responses, but he has his rabies vaccination but does he need a rabies titer? a rabies titer shows his rabies level in his body
    RESPONSE: apologies for mis-reading your question. No titer test is required as long as your pet has been in the US for at least 6 months.
    Susan

  11. Also, do I need to get a rabies titer?
    RESPONSE: yes, your pet will need a rabies vaccination after it is micro chipped.
    Susan

  12. HI, I’m traveling August 31-sept 16 with my chihuahua from New York to Paris (1.5 hour layover at Stockholm), Paris to Venice Sept 4-6, to Rome Sept 7-10, then to Czech Sept 10-16 (1 hour layover in Warsaw) back to USA. My dog is 1.5 years all vaccinations up to date including second rabies last months, microchipped. what paperwork does my vet need to have to complete?
    Thanks, Anne

    RESPONSE: Your veterinarian will need to complete an Annex II form for each country in which you will clear customs and visit. Your pet must have been micro chipped prior to their last vaccination. Your airlines may require a health certificate; this requirement varies by airline.

    You can find instructions and forms for all the countries you are visiting here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/.
    Susan

  13. Hello. I want to bring my dog on board to Europe . I am coming from Toronto, Canada going to Amsterdam for a lay over with my final desitation in Prague Czech Republic. My dog already has a rabies shot. Anything else she needs?
    thanks
    RESPONSE: In order to take your dog from Toronto to Prague, your pet must first be micro chipped with a 15 digit ISO microchip, then vaccinated for rabies. Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian completes the Annex II form for the Czech Republic which is sent to the CFIA for endorsement. If your layover in Amsterdam is only to change planes and you will not be clearing customs, your pet will not need to meet requirements for the Netherlands.

    You can find complete instructions and forms for taking a pet to the Czech Republic here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/.
    Susan

  14. Hi I am travelling with my dog from Ireland to Germany for a short stop over an then proceeding to Vancouver he already has his rabie in he injections an up to date vaccinations he’s micro chipped an has his passport can u please tell me what else he needs for the journey.

    RESPONSE: If you have a Blue Pet Passport issued by your veterinarian in Ireland, you should be fine. If your dog must travel in the cargo hold, you will need a certificate of good health issued within 10 days of travel.
    Susan

  15. Hi, we will be traveling with our four cats from Mexico to Copenhagen, Denmark, via Amsterdam (KLM) in a few weeks. We have all the EU required vaccinations, documents and the microchip in order, but have one doubt. The cats will travel as checked baggage, and we are transiting from one KLM flight to another in Amsterdam (albeit from the inter-continental side to the inter-European side). Will the cats be inspected/cleared in AMS, or only at the final destination in Copenhagen? Thank you!
    RESPONSE
    Normally that is the case if the layover is less than two hours. The airline will transfer the pet from one flight to the next as long as it is on the same airline. I would also suggest you talk with KLM to see if they have any other reaquirements
    Jerry

  16. Hi. I’m planning to travel from USA to Germany and from there to Slovenia with my dog. She’s 16months old and just got rabies vaccination a month ago. Now she needs ISO chip. Does that mean she has to get another rabies vaccine again? I’m a little confused, because of this: ”If you are entering Germany from a Rabies Free Country or Third Country, you will need to have your pet micro chipped and vaccinated at least 30 days prior to travel.” Does that also mean that when she gets ISO chip I have to wait 30 days to go?
    Thank you
    Maja

    RESPONSE: your dog must be micro chipped BEFORE they are vaccinated and they must be vaccinated at least 21 days prior to entering Germany. Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian will complete the Annex II form for Germany for endorsement by the USDA.
    Susan

  17. I have 2 dogs that I want to take with me from Morocco to the USA via CDG. I have a 2 year old Service dog from the US, and a 2 MONTH old lab puppy from Morocco. Are there different requirements for My older dog since he is an American dog? Since he is a service dog? If you have to vaccinate for rabies, does that mean you have to wait till the puppy is old enough for rabies vaccine to travel? Also do you know if you can take 2 dogs in cabin on flights, if one of them is a service dog? What are the requirements for Service dogs in training? (The puppy is training to be a service dog as well) Are there different requirements for re-entry into the US depending on how long we stayed out of the US? I traveled with the service dog once before to and from Morocco out of the US, and have all that paperwork for him. We were gone 2 months. So far this trip we have been in Morocco 7 months. Thank you! -Elizabeth-

    RESPONSE: Service dogs are subject to the same regulations as other pets. You will need the US veterinary certificate and your pets also must be examined by a veterinarian in the departure country and be certified to be free of screwworm. As to your puppy, a separate form regarding un-vaccinated vets that basically says you will do home quarantine until it is vaccinated. Instructions and forms can be found here: http://www.pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-United-States.html.

    You may want to inquire to the airlines regarding your “puppy in training”. Usually, a service animal must have received all their certification in order to accompany passengers in the cabin, but perhaps you can convince them to make an exception.

    As to your layover in CDG, you must not clear immigration or you will be subject to the rules and regulations of entering France which will require advance preparation. If you are staying on the same airline, this should be accomplished without entering France.
    Susan

  18. Hello,

    I’m relocating my cat from Malaysia to the US. The cat will be transitting through Amsterdam, but will not leave the airport and will be travelling with KLM for the entire journey. Does that cat need to be micro chipped in order to transit through Europe?

    Thanks!

    RESPONSE: You can verify with KLM that a gate change would not involve clearing customs. If that is the case, your cat will not have entered the country and will not have to conform to the regulations to enter the Netherlands which would require a microchip.
    Susan

  19. Hi,
    I’m trying to book a flight from Jakarta to Palma Mallorca with my dog; she has the rabies blood test. We have waited 3 months, got microchip, had all vac updated.
    But our flight goes through Amsterdam.
    KLM (Jak – Amsterdam)
    Air Europa (Amsterdam Palma)All booked through KLM
    Want to stay the night at or near airport for rest, I called klm animal hotel and they said can’t have dog stay there over night (another word no help great)
    If I leave airport will have to go through customs with dog maybe and then back again ( which will mean i need import/export document?)and then go through customs again in Spain paperwork paperwork.
    If I stay in transit hotel Amsterdam with dog do I need transit paperwork for my dog?
    I read you have to collect her and feed walk her can this be done inside the airport if in transit um!
    Do I need the EU FORM 998?
    Do I need this for entry into Spain as well?

    Ok the other way is
    JAK -AMSTERDAM (2HOURS) THEN BARCELONA KLM
    Then Air Europa to Palma (all booked through KLM)
    If I go this way and go through Spanish animal customs does this mean I have passed and can travel in Spain / Barcelona to Palm freely as they have seen and cleared all paperwork.
    RESPONSE
    Whether you stay in the airport hotel or some other hotel you will still need to clear your pet through customs in the Netherlands. You have everything you need except the health certificate. It is no longer called the EU form 998 – they have a new form for all EU countries which is called the Annex II form. With this form and the other paperwork you have you can quickly go through immigration with your pet.
    The same would be true of Spain it id just a different version of the same form. Once you are in Spain you will not go through immigration again on your way to the destination. You can find the pet passport forms AnnexII for either the Netherlands or Spain here and they can be emailed to you:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Then scroll down to the country.
    Jerry

  20. I am traveling on Air France from Morocco to Washington D.C. on June 2 with my two cats. They will be in the hold. We are transiting Charles de Gaulle in Paris, and my travel agent keeps telling me that I will NOT need to pick them up at CDG and check them in for the IAD flight. He claims that Air France will transfer them from the incoming flight to the outgoing flight. We will only have 2 hours at CDG, so I am concerned. Is the travel agent correct – Air France will transfer the two kitties from one plane to the other? Thanks for your help!

    RESPONSE: as long as you are flying with Air France the entire way, your travel agent is correct. The airlines will transfer your cat for you. I would suggest that you have the Captain of the plane out of CDG check his manifest cargo report and confirm that your cats have been loaded in the cargo hold prior to take off.
    Susan

  21. Hi, I am finding conflicting information as to weather I need to do a blood titer test for my dog to fly into Sweden from the U.S. I was wondering if you knew if it was still required. I am flying in with her July or August.

    RESPONSE: A blood titer test is not required to enter Sweden from the US. You can find instructions and forms for taking a pet to Sweden here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/.
    Susan

  22. Hello. I am travelling with a 9 month-old cat from Ukraine to Hungary via train, then flying home from Hungary to America on July 6th, 2012. I have gotten the cat (Mia) her rabies shot and was planning to get her microchip this next week. I only now just discovered that she also needs a blood- titer test, as we are originally travelling from Ukraine. As of now, it is only 80 days before our departure and I read that the titer-test has to be taken 90 days before departure. My questions are: 1.) how long will the quarantine be upon entering Hungary if I don’t do the blood test? and 2.) How strict are countries about the 90-day requirement for the blood test (i.e. do they ever allow an animal to enter who has still had the test completed, only a couple days less than the 90-day requirement)? Any information you can provide would really help!!! Thank you!

    RESPONSE: the requirements for entering Hungary with a pet are as follows: first your pet is micro chipped, then vaccinated. After 21 days, a Blood titer test is preformed and 3 months later, your pet can enter Hungary with no quarantine. If you do not have time to complete the schedule, then your pet will be quarantined for the balance of the 90 days. We are not aware that officials in Hungary will waive the rules.
    Susan

  23. Hi,
    I am taking my dog from Austria to Cyprus on the 29th April. She is fully vaccinated and microchipped and I’ll be getting her fitness checked and treated for worms and ticks 48 hours before flying. However, her next vaccinations are scheduled for May 25th. I understand she is still eligible to fly, but I’m wondering whether it might be better to get them done in Austria before we go. Therefore, my question is – is it OK to have her vaccinated a month early and is there a time limit required before vaccination and travel? Thanks, very much. Andrea.

    RESPONSE: It would be ill advised to allow your pet’s vaccination to expire. If you are not returning home in time, it would be a good idea to get it done before you leave. Technically, the EU requires that your pet be vaccinated at least 21 days prior to entry, but, in your case, you are revaccinating your pet. This should be reflected in your pet’s rabies history which will be completed on the Annex II form for Cyprus.
    Susan

  24. Hi, I will be bringing my cat to France or Germany from Thailand. I am trying to avoid quarantine. My cat is an American cat, but has been in Thailand for 1.5 years. If I had to, I could take my cat back to the US before going to France or Germany, but I would prefer not to put him through both flights. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.

    RESPONSE: You can avoid quarantine for your pet in France or Germany with getting a Blood Titer Test for your pet at least three months prior to travel. If you wish to enter France of Germany from the US, you must reside there for at least 6 months prior to entering France or Germany. If you need forms or instructions on how to enter France or Germany, you can find them under the Pet Passports tab at http://www.pettravelstore.com.
    Susan

  25. I am traveling to Italy from the US in 24 days. It will only be a 1 week stay and would like to bring our 9lb Maltese with us. I seem to understand the dog needs an ISO standard microchip and the rabies vaccine after the implanting of the microchip along with the new EU form certificate. The dog is current with all of the vaccines including rabies but has not had the chip implanted yet. What other forms of documents do i need for a simple 5 day stay to and from Italy? Is this considered an export where i would need an international health certificate stamped and so forth? It’s the first time i plan on traveling internationally with a pat and i can’t get a straight coherent story.
    REPONSE
    The rules are that the pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO microchip and then vaccinated for rabies after being micro chipped even if it has previously been vaccinated for rabies. About two weeks before travel your accredited veterinarian will then sign the new Annex II veterinary certificate for Italy which is then sent to the USDA for certification.
    You can find the correct microchip and the forms and instructions for taking your pet into Italy here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  26. What if we are traveling from the USA, flying on a private aircraft to Nice. Then cruise the Mediterranean to many ports on a yacht. The dog will only be off the yacht to get on and off the plane. We would fly out of Italy back to the USA. Would we just need the APHIS 7001 form and EU Form 998/2003?
    RESPONSE
    As of June 1st France is changing the form to the new Annex II certificate. As long as your pet has been micro chipped then vaccinated for rabies and is accompanied by this new form you will have no problem entering France. As long as the pet remains on the yacht and does not go ashore in any other country then no documents would be required. Prior to returning to the US you should visit a veterinarian in the last country to have him complete the US veterinary health certificate. The APHIS form 7001 is no longer accepted by EU countries. You can find the pet passports for all countries here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  27. What if I am entering for example Hungary from the USA then I am traveling to Italy and leaving from Italy back to the USA do I need multiple paperwork and if so what do I need? Thanks Mark Muir
    RESPONSE
    You certainly need to comply with the rules for Hungary which include having the ISO microchip, vaccination for rabies after micro chipping and being accompanied by the new Annex II veterinary certificate for Hungary. If you are driving to Italy then you need nothing more as there are no border crossing guards. If you are flying you should also have the Annex II certificate for Italy. If you are gone less than a month you can return to the US using the same forms. If you are going to be gone for an extended period then you should have the US certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian in the country you are traveling from. The pet passport packages for all countries are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  28. Hello. I’m moving from Italy to Denmark, and I want to take my rabbit pet with me. I will be travelling with my personal car. What do I need to know, and what do I need to do?

    RESPONSE: The EU does not have immigration rules for rabbits. In the abundance of caution, I would have your vet complete a certificate of good health and carry it with you.

  29. Hi,

    My question is the same as asked by Kelly on 1st January 2012. Next week we are flying from New Delhi to St. Paul/Minneapolis (USA) via Schiphol Airport (AMS). We are taking our cat named Pagli as in-cabin baggage with us and have a four hours lay over at Schiphol. It’s a Delta Airlines code share flight with Delhi-Amsterdam sector being operated by KLM and AMS- Minneapolis by Delta Airlines. We have done checks from our end and most of the literature suggests that since we are only transiting through Schiphol and not entering EU technically, only final destination’s (USA) pet entry rules would apply. On the other hand we are hearing some conflicting accounts. Can you please clarify. We would be changing airlines though, from KLM to Delta but most probably wouldn’t have to go through the Passport Control area. Your ides would really soothe some frayed nerves.
    RESPONSE
    Only KLM can answer your question as I am not familiar with the airport. One problem is that it is a very long flight and you would not be able to take the pet for a walk between flights.
    Jerry

    Thanks

    Arif

  30. hi, can you help me re: I would like to take my cat from the UK to Germany permantly coulg you please tell me what is required? Yhank you
    RESPONSE
    To take your pet into Germany it must first be micro chipped with the ISo 15 digit non-encrypted microchip and then after micro chipping be vaccinated for rabies. About two weeks before travel you can then have your veterinarian complete the new Annex II veterinary certificate for Germany or you can have him issue what is called a blue pet passport. Once in Germany you will need to register the pet with the local authorities. If you need the complete pet passport instructions and forms for Germany they are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-germany/
    Jerry

  31. We will be traveling with our dog to europe. We first arrive in Amsterdam and will be picked up and staying in Belgium for a couple weeks and then to France for another few weeks. Returning to USA from Paris. Our dog was vaccinated for rabies within the last year. She is microchipped but will need the eu recognized chip, will she still need a new rabies shot? Do I need just and annexx II certificate or will i need a pet passport once I arrive.
    Thanks,
    Dom
    Yes the pet must be vaccinated after the micro chip is inserted. You only need the Annex II form for the Netherlands.
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-netherlands/
    Jerry

  32. Hi,

    I’m planning to bring my pets (1 cat & 1 dog) to Europe. I will be traveling from Sydney Australia. Our first stop is Frankfurt with an unconfirmed end destination (might be Zurich or France). May I know what vaccinations & paperwork are required for my pets? Thanks!
    Regards,
    Liz
    RESPONSE
    All of those countries have the same requirement. Your pets must first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, then after micro chipping be vaccinated for rabies. About two weeks before travel your veterinarian will complete the new Annexx II veterinary certificate for whichever country you are entering first. The complete pet passport instructions and forms for all countries are available here: https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  33. Hi,

    does my pet need any other vaccinations to travel from cyprus to the UK? I’ve had rabies all completed but am reluctant to do the distemper, parvo, cat flu etc shots and think the vet is just wanting to make money out of me. He said if these werent done, my pets would be refused travel. Is this correct?
    RESPONSE
    The UK only requires the rabies vaccination and the tapeworms treatment and certificate. Your veterinarian must also complete the new Annex II veterinary certificate for the UK. You can find the complete instructions and forms for taking your pet into the UK here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-kingdom/
    Jerry

  34. Hi there,
    i want to take my dog from uk to europe and back again.
    Will he need to go into quarenteen upon re-entry into the uk? (Assuming all vaccinations & tests etc are done)
    many thanks
    RESPONSE
    If your pet was first micro chipped with the ISO microchip and then after micro chipping was vaccinated for rabies and is accompanied by the new Annex II veternary certificate and the tapeworms certificate then there will no quarantine.
    If you would like the complete pet passport forms and instructions for the UK they are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-united-kingdom/
    Jerry

  35. hey,
    I am traveling to germany and was wondering what vaccinations does my dog need to enter germany? and whats about titer test?
    RESPONSE
    I do not know what country you are traveling from but if it is the United States or another country with a low incidence of rabies then the blood titer is not required. The pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO microchip, then vaccinated for rabies. You will then have a licensed veterinarian complete the new Annex II veterinary certificate for Germany.
    If you would like the pet passport package for Germany that contains the complete instructions and forms it is available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-germany/
    Jerry

  36. bonjour desire me rendre en campingcar avec mon chien vers le 20 fevrier au maroc quel papiers faut il vraiment
    merci
    RESPONSE
    Je ne sais pas dans quel pays vous venez d’, mais dans la plupart des cas tout ce qui est nécessaire est que l’animal soit vaccinted la rage et avoir un certificat de bonne santé signé par un vétérinaire agréé dans le pays d’où vous partez.
    Jerry

  37. I’m trying to understand the blood titer test requirement time when relocating a pet from the U.S to Amsterdam so that we avoid quarantine. Must the blood titer test be done a full 3 months in advance, or just *within* 3 months of the travel date. i.e. My cat will relocate from the U.S. to Amsterdam with me on Feb. 1 – is ok if she gets the blood titer test on Jan. 17 – which is 2 weeks in advance of travel?
    Thank you!
    RESPONSE
    The blood titer is NOT required when traveling from the United States. Your pet must be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, then vaccinated for rabies and your veterinarian will complete the EU form 998 for the Netherlands which is then certified by the USDA. There will be no quarantine and there is no need fo a blood titer test. You can find the complete instructions and forms to create the pet passport package here:
    http://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-netherlands/
    Jerry

  38. Hi- I will be traveling from South Africa (a ‘high rabies incidence’ country) to the US via AMS with my cats as carry-ons. Our layover is only a few hours long so my cats will never leave their carriers, nor the airport. What things will I be required to show/present going through customs in Amsterdam? Will my cats have to have the blood titre test because I’m coming from a ‘high rabies incidence’ country? Thanks!
    RESPONSE
    As long as you do not leave the customs control area and just change planes then you have not technically entered the Netherlands. If for any reason you do need to go through passport control then your pets must have had a blood titer test 3 months in advance and be accompanied by the EU form 998. I am surprised to learn that your cats will be traveling in the cabin on both flights. Becuase of the length of the flight that is unusual. If it turns out that the cats are traveling as checked baggage then the rules are the same as long as they remain on the same airline. If they change airlines in the Netherlands while traveling as checked baggage then it gets more complicated and the blood titer will be required. The US does not require the blood titer, only that the pets have been vaccinated for rabies and are accompanied by a certificate of good health. You can find the pet passport packages for both countries here and they can be emailed to you if you need them.
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  39. I plan on taking my two cats from Morocco to the U.S. in early June 2012. We will fly Air France and transit Paris Charles DeGaulle Airport for a two-hour layover. What are the requirements beyond the Health Certificate and microchip? Will they need to have the blood tests done here prior to travel? Thank you. Patty in Rabat
    RESPONSE
    The US does not require a microchip or a blood titer test. They do require that the pet is vaccinated for rabies and checked by a veterinarian and certified to be free of screwworm. they must also have a certificate of good health. If your pet remains on the same airline into and out of France then the airline will transfer the pet to the next flight and it never officially enters France. If you are checking the pet only as far as France and plan on taking it for a walk then you must comply with their regulations which are much more complex.
    You can find the pet passport information and forms for both the United States and for France here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/
    Jerry

  40. I am planning to fly with my dog to Hungary from California. Do we need to take the blood titer test? Thanks
    RESPONSE
    Hungary does not require a blood titer test. Your pet must be micro chipped with the ISO microchip, then vaccinated for rabies and finally your veterinarian will complete the EU form 998 for Hungary which is then certified by the USDA area office. You can find the pet passport package for Hungary here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-hungary/
    Jerry

  41. Hi. I have called everywhere trying to sort this out. I am flying from New Delhi to Canada next month on KLM via Amsterdam. We will be traveling with two dogs as excess baggage. I can’t figure out what documentation is required to transit in Amsterdam (sorted for Canada though). I’ve called Dutch embassy in both DC and New Delhi and KLM US, KLM Delhi, Indian gov’t and no definitive answer. The embassy suggested I contact KLM and the Indian authorities. KLM stated that I still need an EU health certificate even though I am transiting. Then another KLM person said I need an EU Pet Passport even though I am just transiting. We have a 7hr layover in Amsterdam but flying KLM the whole way.
    RESPONSE
    With a 7 hour layover it will be necessary for yoiu to claim your pet in the Netherlands and take it for a walk and feed it so therefore you will enter the country. In order to enter the Netherlands from India the pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO microchip, vaccinated for rabies and have a blood titer test 3 months in advance of travel and finally be accompanied by the EU form 998 veterinary certificate for the Netherlands. The other alternative would be to make arrangements for the pet to go into quarantine until it is time to check it in for the next flight. The complete pet passport instructions and forms for the Netherlands are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-netherlands/
    Jerry

    So…
    1) is the EU Health Certificate required if you are only transiting
    2) if so, what do I do about the serological test? It’s less than 90 days since we travel next month!
    3) I understood that you only need the EU Pet Passport if traveling WITHIN EU. Correct?

    Thank you!

  42. My daughter took her cat to Berlin in April 2011 from England. She would now like to bring it back. She says it has to have a blood test and remain in Germany for 6 months. Is this true?
    RESPONSE
    Currently that is the rule. A blood titer test must be done six months in advance of entering the UK or the pet will go into quarantine until January 1, 2012.

    However, after January 1, 2012 the blood titer is no longer required for pets traveling from Germany.

    The complete instructions and forms are available here:
    https://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/

    Then scroll down to the United Kingdom
    Jerry

  43. Hi, I have a chiauha and would like to fly from London to Amsterdam (Schipol airport), what airlines can I use, and can my pet sleep on my lap during the flight?
    RESPONSE
    No airline allows pets traveling in the cabin to be removed from their pet carrier during the flight. The pet must remain in its pet carrier and the pet and carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.
    Jerry

  44. Jerry,

    My pets will be flying on Lufthansa to Germany, mid July, what paperwork besides my vaccinations, EU 998 and microchip’s do I need?
    Thanks,
    Mike
    RESPONSE
    That is all you need to enter Germany
    Jerry

  45. Has Delta really lifted their Summer pet travel restrictions? I am trying to take two Cocker Spaniels with me to Germany around mid-July.

    Thanks.
    RESPONSE
    They have from certain airports but not all of them. You should call Delta reservations to check
    Jerry

  46. i can not travel with my 4 dogs to Italy. My friend in Italy will just pick them up. What best airline animal cargo in Manila should I contact for the best service to my dogs.
    I am from Manila and i expect to send them by May 2011. My dogs have all the requirements to travel international. Please help.
    RESPONSE
    I assume that the pets have been vaccinated for rabies and have had a blood titer test done at least 3 months prior to travel and have the EU form 998 health certificate completed. I am sorry but we do not recommend airlines. You should call the air cargo department of an airline that flies direct between the two cities or at least one where the pets will remain on the same airline for the entire trip. They cannot change airlines. If you need the complete instructions and forms go to https://www.pettravelstore.com and then click on Pet Passports and scroll down to Italy. The documents can be emailed to you.
    Jerry

  47. Hi, could you please confirm what is required to travel to Germany from Colombia with a Dog, it is a Springer Spaniel, 2 years old, 19 Kilos of weight.
    Do I need vaccination and rabbie test in advance?
    Thanks,
    RESPONSE
    To take a pet animal into Germany from Colombia the following is required. The pet must first be micro chipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip, then vaccinated for rabies. 21 days or so after the vaccination your veterinarian will draw a blood sample to send for titer test. You must then wait 3 months to enter Germany. About 15 days before travel your veterinarian will complete the EU form 998 for Germany.
    If you need the complete instructions and all of the necessary forms including the blood titer go to http://www.pettravelstore.com and then click on Pet Passports and scroll down to Germany.

    All of the documents will be emailed to you so that you can print them out.
    Jerry

  48. Can my dog travel from Canada to Europe, specifically Serbia? When there, can we travel to other countries?
    Thank you
    RESPONSE
    Your pet can enter Serbia without quarantine from Canada if you have the proper documents. There will be a number of countries in the area that you can then travel to. If you wish to travel to one of the EU countries you will need to have a blood titer test performed 3 months in advance of travel.
    You can find the complete rules, instructions and all of the necessary forms for any country by going to https://www.pettravelstore.com and then clicking on Pet Passports – Immigration Info.
    Jerry

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