An animal that has been tattooed before 3 July 2011 and has a passport or a veterinary certificate where the date of marking is stated will however not need to be microchipped.
Please make sure your animal is identity marked before you proceed with vaccination and titre testing.
After the primary vaccination, the animal must not travel until at least 21 days have passed (e.g vaccinated on January 1 = travel at the earliest on January 22). If the producer of the vaccine states that primary vaccination consists of two shots, the animal cannot travel until 21 days after the second vaccination (e.g vaccinated on January 1 and February 1= travel at the earliest on February 22).
Revaccination must be done according to the scheme which the producer of the vaccine recommends. The last date of revaccination is stated in the passport. There is no waiting period after a revaccination, provided it is given on time. But if it is delayed, another waiting period of 21 days must pass before the animal is allowed to travel.
After the primary vaccination, revaccination must be done according to the recommended scheme. The last date of revaccination is stated in the passport or the vaccination certificate. If revaccination is delayed beyond the last date of revaccination, the delayed revaccination will count as a new primary vaccination. A new 21 days waiting period will then also apply before travelling is allowed again.
If your animal has been vaccinated but is not identity marked, you will have to have it microchipped and then revaccinated against rabies. The revaccination will in this case count as a primary vaccination.
The certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian, i.e a veterinarian employed by the state to issue export certificates (these veterinarians have different titles in different countries). You bring the vaccination certificates to the veterinarian along with your pet. The vaccination certificates are then stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped on all sides. You can order the form via the link to the right. If the animal travels alone as freight without an accompanying person, is to be sold or otherwise change owner, or if it travels in a group of six or more animals, there are other requirements, see more below.
If you travel from EU to a listed third country and back with one to five dogs, cats and/or ferrets that have EU pet passports and do not qualify as trade animals, you only need to show the passport(-s) with identity number and a valid rabies vaccination when you return. No veterinary certificate is needed.
Preferably, you book a time with the official veterinarian within 24 hours before you leave, and ask for both the examination and the certificate. You bring the vaccination certificates to the veterinarian along with your pet. The vaccination certificates are then stapled together with the veterinary certificate and stamped on all sides.
You order the form E9.164 via the link to the right. It is the same form which is used for trade animals, but when used for animals travelling in a group it has a longer validity than for trade animals. From the date of issuing, the certificate is valid for four months or until one of the animals must be revaccinated against rabies, whichever comes first. If any of the animals must be revaccinated before four months have passed and you want to travel more, you need to get a new certificate.
If two or more persons travel together with six or more pets, the pets may be divided into one group of five per each person. If none of the person ends up with more than five pets, neither the examination nor the group certificate is needed.
The certificate is needed even if the animals originate from EU and have passports. The certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian, i.e a veterinarian employed by the state to issue export certificates (these veterinarians have different titles in different countries).