Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The EU: Transitting, Travel for Pets in Europe to be Eased, "Pet Passports," Microchipping

According to EFE, the Council of the European Union (EU) in Brussels has endorsed its support behind new legislation aimed at making it easier for people to travel with pets by introducing new health rules, documentation requirements and limits on the number of animals that can be transported.

The proposed legislation, which revises a 2003 law, simplifies the rules on the identification, documentation and vaccination of companion animals, the Council said in a statement.

The new regulations require travelers to verify that pets have current rabies vaccinations and allow animals between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks to be granted travel permits if they are vaccinated.

The legislation establishes rules for so-called “pet passports,” the documents issued by veterinary officials to confirm rabies vaccinations are current, and identification chips.

Micro-chipping for all dogs, cats and ferrets has been required since July 2011.

The legislation sets a limit of five pets per trip, but the number can be increased if the owner shows that the trip is being taken for a competition, exhibition or sports event.

COMMENT: The EU's Council of Ministers backs the legislation, which was approved by the European Parliament on the first reading in May. 

The EU’s member states will have 18 months to implement new regulations once they are published in the Official Daily of the Union. 

See https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview