No matter your destination, when you are planning to travel abroad with your furry friend, you should bear in mind legal requirements before leaving your home country and those applicable at your final destination.

First of all, your doggo will need a Pet Passport issued by the competent authority at your home country, in EU countries you may get it at your local Vet Clinic. 

Your dog will require an electronic microchip or a readable tattoo with the same code as the one documented in the passport.

An EU Pet Passport is a document issued by an official veterinarian in a European Union (EU) Member State or other designated country that contains official health information related to a specific pet.

As an EU national, you can freely travel with your cat, dog or ferret if it has a European pet passport. This passport is available from any authorised veterinarian and must contain details of a valid anti-rabies vaccination.

For movement between EU countries or from non-EU countries vaccination against rabies documented in the pet passport or the animal health certificate is the sole requirement for dogs, cats and ferrets to travel across EU borders, with certain exceptions.

We should also mention the implication of Brexit before travelling from the UK to the EU or viceversa. Until today there is no further information about the status that the UK Pet Passport will have within the EU, so we strongly advice to make sure your pet is able to travel from Great Britain to the EU from 1 January 2021, in that case, you must contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

If you are travelling outside the EU, you must carry an international rabies certification for the dog or cat that’s with you. Your vet should be fully familiar with this document. The date of vaccination on the certificate must be within 30-365 days of your arrival on foreign soil. 

Authorities will also check to make sure that the rabies certification was issued in the region of your primary (or most recent) residence.

In these times of pandemia, there are additional regulations in place, which affect mostly humans, they must wear a mask all the time at the airport facilities and inside the plane too. On September 2020 I flew with Iberia from Madrid Barajas to Berlin Tegel along with my dad, as you can see on pics below he was wearing his mask all the time as it’s requested by health authorities, while I was smiling for travelling abroad. Since I am a little  Shina Inu boy I was allowed to be in the cabin with him during the whole flight. 

Iker, Travel Journalist

Useful links:

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/about-us/publicinterest/travel/petpassport.html

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021

Some Pics of my travel adventure.

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