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Pet Passport

For movements of pets between EU Member States other than Ireland, Sweden, Malta and the United Kingdom, valid rabies vaccination is the only requirement for travel across borders. You should simply go to your vet, who will vaccinate your pet and enter the appropriate information in the pet passport.

An electronic microchip (transponder) will allow for easy identification of the animals, to connect the pet to the passport. Until 3 July 2011, a tattoo will be allowed as a way to identify the animal, except for the UK, Ireland and Malta which already now require the transponder. Young pets which cannot be vaccinated yet may be allowed to travel without vaccination on the conditions defined by each Member State. For the entry of animals into Ireland, Sweden, Malta or the United Kingdom, antibody titration (a test to see if the vaccine has been effective) needs to be carried out after the vaccination.

The EU pet passport has been designed to last for the lifetime of the animal bearing it. When travelling, the pet owner must ensure that the rabies vaccination in the passport is valid or renew the pet's vaccination. Some Member States might also choose to include additional information in the passport about other vaccinations and the animal's medical history to make veterinary checks easier, but this additional information is not required by EU law.

The EU pet passport makes veterinary checks easier and make life easier for travelling pet owners, since there is one single system that applies for all EU countries (with some temporary exceptions for the UK, Ireland, Malta and Sweden).

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