Travelling to Europe with a pet

Traveling abroad with a pet has become more and more common in recent years. People not wanting to leave their felines behind, and easier ways to take a pet in a trip, are among the main reasons for that.

Many countries have established regulations and facilities for people entering and leaving their territories with pets, in order to make traveling safer and more enjoyable. The European Union as well, has established a regulation that sets all rules and conditions for pet owners to enter the territory of its 28 member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Your pet will need just 5 "things". But this "things" are extremely important.


Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.

Rabies vaccination

Rabies vaccination is not required for pet dogs, cats and ferrets under 3 months of age, but not all EU Member States allow import of such animals. Import of unvaccinated animals must be authorized by the EU Member State.

Treatment of echinococcus

Dogs travelling to Finland, Malta, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom require treatment for echinococcus within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry of the dogs into the EU.

Rabies antibody test for export

We advise waiting 3 weeks between vaccination and taking a blood sample from your pet to allow them sufficient time to develop an antibody response. However, some countries have different requirements. For example, Sweden requires a 120 day wait period between vaccination and sample draw date. Therefore, we strongly recommend directly contacting regulatory authorities in the country of your destination.

Health certificate

A veterinarian authorized by the competent authority (i.e. a licensed veterinarian) must provide all the pertinent information regarding identification and vaccination as requested in the veterinary health certificate.

We’d like to offer you complete solution which helps you to solve "pet travel to Europe situation" once and for all.
Amman Vet Clinic

You don't have to keep all this "things" in your mind. We try to make your life a little bit easy and create special "CREM – package" which includes microchip, rabies vaccination, treatment of echinococcus, rabies antibody test for export and health certificate all together with 15% dicsount.

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