How to – Travel with your 4-year-old friend: Do you need a passport?

You can’t stay away from your pet for long. However, you want to go on a trip abroad and share this experience with your four-legged friend. In addition to your passport, you need to think about your pet, whether it is a dog, a cat or a ferret.

Yes, even animals need a passport to travel. But how does it work?

First, in Italy, EC Regulation no. The European Union established in 998/2003 that cats, dogs and ferrets must have a passport for travel to EU countries, which is issued by the relevant veterinary ASL.

What is required in a pet passport?

To get a passport for your pet, as mentioned above, you must contact the ASL, which must first check its presence. Microchip. The authorized veterinarian injects a microchip, which contains a 15-digit code that contains all the information of the animal. This microchip is used to register animals in the pet registry. As an alternative to the microchip, the tattoo must be shown, which must be applied before 3 July 2011.

In the passport, therefore, the number of microchips of that animal will be indicated, as well Certificate of compulsory rabies vaccination At least twenty-one days before departure, information from the owner and veterinarian who issued the passport, medical examination and additional vaccinations required for travel.

In fact, keep in mind that restrictions may vary depending on the travel destination.

Travel between European Union countries

A passport is a document required for your pet to travel to a country in the European Union and Northern Ireland. There are some exceptions though. Some countries, even if not part of the EU, do not require additional documentation, but a passport is sufficient. Countries are: Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Vatican City.

Validity: This type of passport is valid for life or until the end of the rabies vaccine.

How does it work for non-EU countries?

If you travel from a non-EU country to an EU country, you will need a health certificate: a standard EU document containing all information about your pet, issued by a veterinarian related to the country’s public veterinary services. Exit Note that this certificate should not be issued more than ten days before the arrival of the animal in the EU country. Also, you need to attach a certificate that proves that pet travel is not for commercial purposes.

The health certificate has a different expiration date: 4 months or until the rabies vaccine expires.

If you are traveling from an EU country to a non-EU country, you will need to consider additional requests and requirements to enter that country. So, carefully check the embassy site of the country you want to visit or ask ASL for all the information required for health certificate, as each country may apply different rules.

In some cases, segregation may be required after the arrival of your pet. In Australia, for example, your dog or cat must be quarantined for ten days before being able to enter the country freely.

Who can you travel with?

The animal may travel with the person designated as the owner or the latter may authorize another (through written documents). However, in this case keep in mind that it is mandatory to reunite with your pet within five days of the trip.

Useful information

If you decide to go on a trip with your dog, pay attention to the country of your destination. Some breeds, in fact, are not allowed in some countries because they are considered dangerous. For example, the Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Phila Brasiliro, Tosa Inu, Dogo Argentino and Czechoslovakian Wolfgang are barred from entering Norway.

Also, keep in mind the age of your pet. In some countries, puppies under the age of three, four or even eight months are not allowed.

Of course traveling by plane with your pet can be complicated because there are certain requests and deadlines that can be honored and which vary from country to country.

So, before booking your flight, make sure you meet all the requirements and choose the right destination and airline for you and your pet!

Edited by Chiara Sternardi

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