December 29, 2014, new regulations governing the transport of pets to the European Union came into effect.
CONDITIONS FOR Bringing Pets (Dogs, Cats or Ferrets (Ferrets)) Into The European Union
The necessary information on the movement of pets from territories or third countries to the EU is available herehttp://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/index_en.htm .
In order for the importation of pets into the country not to be considered a commercial operation (trade), the following requirements must be met:
- 5 animals or less;
- lack of commercial interest or transfer of ownership;
- transportation accompanied by the owner (owner) or the person responsible for the animals during transportation. Transportation of animals separately from the owner is allowed if it is carried out within a period not exceeding five days before or after the trip of the owner (owner) / responsible person.
It is prohibited to import dogs, cats and domestic ferrets (ferrets) less than 12 weeks old, for the following reasons:
- the minimum age for vaccinating animals is 12 weeks
- animals are vaccinated against rabies and tested for antibodies no earlier than 21 days after vaccination and no later than three months before departure.
Rabies antibody titer tests must be performed in a laboratory approved by the European Commission in accordance with Article 3 of Council Decision 2000/258 / EC (the list of laboratories is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/ approval_en.htm ).
Animals must be identified using a microchip (transponder) that complies with ISO 11784 and 11785 standards. If the microchip (transponder) does not comply with these standards, the owner of the animal must provide a device for reading the microchip (transponder) data when entering the territory of the European Union …
If the animal is identified with a clear tattoo and if there are documents confirming that it was made before July 3, 2011, the identification is considered to be in accordance with EU regulations.
Document about and identification :
The animal must be accompanied by an EU veterinary certificate signed by an official veterinarian of the third country (the certificate in the languages of the EU member states is available at: http: //ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/pet-regulation_20141229 … ).
Vaccination of pets:
For non-commercial transport of pets, they must be vaccinated against rabies.
In addition, pretreatment is required for echinococcosis (Echinococcus multilocularis) dogs sent to Finland, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom, in accordance with delegated Commission Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011
New regulations governing the transportation of pets:
- Regulation (EU) 576/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:178:0001:0026:en:PDF
- Regulation (EU) 577/2013 of the European Commission: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:178:0109:0148:EN:PDF
Changes introduce new norms?
Rule of five:
- animals in excess of five may continue to be considered pets in the following cases:
- pets that take part in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events (or in preparation for these events)
- availability of confirmation of participation in these events;
- age over 6 months.
New form of veterinary certificate:
- from 29 December 2014 the certificate for dogs, cats and ferrets (ferrets) must comply with the model given in Annex IV to Regulation (EU) 577/2013.
Declaration of the responsible person / animal owner:
- together with a certain certificate, the owner or person responsible for the animal during transport must present a declaration in accordance with the model given in part 3 of Annex IV of Regulation (EU) 577/2013.
- if, prior to arrival in the EU, the animal passes through a country that is not included in the list in Regulation (EU) 577/2013, i.e. through a country at risk of developing rabies (see Annex II of the Regulation), a rabies antibody titer test is not required if provided that the animal (or animals) did not leave the vehicle or airport boundaries. To confirm this fact, the owner or person responsible for the transport of the animal must submit a declaration in accordance with the model given in Part 2 of Annex I of Regulation (EU) 577/2013.