You will go on a trip with your pet. To travel freely beyond our borders, a number of conditions must be met. You will find below, in the form of abbreviated lists, the rules to be respected according to the countries. Be careful, some countries limit the number of animals that can travel. Make sure all the requirements are met, and contact me to help you solve a problem or if you have a doubt.

Identification (by chip or tattoo) is mandatory for dogs and cats.

Electronic identification consists of an injection under the skin of an electronic chip and therefore does not require anesthesia. He will receive his European passport at this time. The Community Pet Passport is intended to accompany the animal throughout its life. Your pet will then be saved in a database, so you can be notified if it gets lost. This registration makes the link between the animal and the passport.

The animals identified in Belgium can be found throughout Europe thanks to the European database, but it is better to register them in the country of residence. European citizens can travel freely in the EU with a cat, dog or ferret, provided their companion has a passport. This passport contains the details of the anti-rabies vaccination. If you have a dog, cat or ferret less than three months old (and not vaccinated against rabies), consult the national legislation. . To travel freely beyond our borders, a number of conditions must be met.

With regard to pet movements between all EU Member States, valid rabies vaccination will be the only requirement for cross-border movement (please note UK, Norway, Malta, Finland) . Just go to the vet who will vaccinate your pet and insert the appropriate data into the passport.

The Community Pet Passport will facilitate veterinary checks and simplify the life of the owners of these animals, who are traveling, as there will be only one system applicable to all EU countries.

If I travel from a non-EU country to an EU Member State. Can I use the passport?

Normally no, the passport is in principle only used for pets traveling between the Member States of the European Union. However, you can also use the pet passport if you are traveling to or traveling from one of the neighboring countries where the rabies status matches that of the EU. These countries are: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State.

 

 

 

 

Traveling from Belgium to another EU Member State and coming back

To travel with your pet from Belgium to other EU Member States, you must meet the following conditions:

Identification and registration

Your pet must have been identified with a microchip. The tattoo is still considered valid provided that it was placed before July 3, 2011 and that it is clearly legible; unless you travel to the UK, Ireland and Malta

In addition, your pet must have a European passport

Vaccination against rabies

Rabies vaccination is mandatory. This can only be done from the age of 12 weeks but your pet must already be identified. The veterinarian can, if necessary, still proceed with identification just before vaccination.

The first vaccination or first vaccination must be carried out at least 21 days before departure, since the period of validity begins to run only at this time. The day of the vaccination does not count.
The period of validity of the vaccine is calculated according to the manufacturer's instructions and is recorded in the passport of the animal. If the animal is vaccinated again during the validity period, then the vaccination is valid immediately. Vaccination outside the period of validity is considered a first vaccination.

Other conditions

To travel to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland or Malta, treatment against Echiniococcus multilocularis is required. The processing must take place at the earliest 120 hours and at the latest 24 hours before the scheduled arrival in one of these four Member States and must be entered in the passport.

Traveling from Belgium to third countries and coming back

To travel to and from third countries, both the conditions defined by the country of destination and the requirements for return to our country must be fulfilled. So be sure to check all relevant information on time, not only on this website but also in the country of destination. You can also contact embassies.

Identification and registration
Since the passport is written only in the language of the country of issue and in English, the third country may require a certificate in its own language.

Vaccination against rabbies
Countries outside the European Union usually accept only 1 year validity for rabies vaccination. In addition, a number of third countries require, in addition to the passport, a separate vaccination certificate and a health certificate. You must request the appropriate certificate template from the embassy of the country of destination (see list of embassy addressesdes adresses).

Legalization of documents
When importing cats or dogs, third countries require that the vaccination certificate or standardized EU passport be legalized by an official veterinarian employed by the government.
In Belgium, it is the Local Control Units (ULC)  "Unités locales de contrôle (ULC)" of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) that are responsible for this legalization.

For Brussels

L'AFSCA unité de contrôle de Bruxelles Food Safety Center

Blv du Jardin Botanique 55

B- 1000 BRUXELLES

Telephone: +32 2 211 92 00

Fax +32 2 211 91 80

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At your service on working days from 8h 30 to 12h and from 13h to 16h 30

Some countries require that the signature of the authority is also legalized by Foreign Affairs and / or their embassy in Belgium. To know the exact procedure and conditions, it is best to contact the Embassy of the country concerned directly.


Return to Belgium after traveling to a country outside the European Union

If you return from a country that belongs to Annex II of European Regulation (EC) n° 577/2013, the same rules apply as for a trip within the European Union.

To be able to come back to Belgium without any problem from a country that is not on this list, it is necessary, before leaving our country, to carry out a serological blood test to test the antibodies against rabies in your pet. The Scientific Institute of Public Health (I.S.P.) "Institut scientifique de Santé publique (I.S.P.)" is responsible for this.

The result of the serological examination must be greater than 0.5 IU / ml and remain valid throughout the life of the animal, provided that the validity of the vaccination against rabies is not interrupted. This implies that your pet is always revaccinated against rabies during the validity period of the previous vaccination.
Vaccination against rabies and the result of the serological test must be certified by the veterinarian in the European passport before departure from Belgium.

EUROPEAN UNION

Identification by micro chips.
The animal must have a European passport.
Rabies vaccination in order (booster or vaccine over 21 days).

 

IRELAND * UNITED KINGDOM * MALTA * FINLAND

Identification by micro chips.
Rabies vaccination in order (booster or vaccine over 21 days).
The animal must have a European passport.
Authorized entry way.
Treatment against flatworms (cestodes), less than 5 days but more than 1 day before arrival.
Aged over 3 months.

Health conditions must be in the previously stated order (identification / vaccination / pest control) and recorded in the passport.

 

SWEDEN

The animal must have a European passport.
Identification by micro chips.
The animal must be vaccinated against rabies (booster or vaccine over 21 days).
The requirement for antibody titration is removed.
The dewormer requirement is also removed.

NORWAY

Identification by micro chips.
The animal must have a European passport.
The animal must be vaccinated against rabies (booster or vaccine over 21 days).
Treatment against flatworms (cestodes). The treatment must be administered maximum ten days before arrival and must have been done in the country of departure. It must be repeated within seven days after arrival. Both treatments must be certified by a veterinarian.

 

 UNITED STATES

The animal must have a European passport.
Identification by micro chips.
Vaccination in order.
Health certificate of less than 10 days.
The animal must be vaccinated against rabies (booster or vaccine over 21 days).

 

To come to Belgium from another Member State of the European Union.

  • Identification and registration
    Your pet must have been identified by means of a microchip. A tattoo is accepted only if it has been placed before July 3, 2011 and be clearly legible.
    The microchip must comply with ISO 11784, apply HDX or FDX-B technology and must be readable by an ISO 11785 compliant reader.
    In addition, your pet must have a European passport. As of 29 December 2014, only the new passport model can be used. Old passports issued before this date remain valid.

  • Vaccination against rabies
    Rabies vaccination is mandatory. This can only be done from the age of 12 weeks but your pet must already be identified. The veterinarian can, if necessary, still carry out the identification just before vaccination and issue a European passport.
    The first vaccination or initial vaccination must be carried out at least 21 days before departure, since the period of validity begins to run only at this time. The day of the vaccination does not count.
    The period of validity of the vaccine is calculated according to the manufacturer's instructions and is recorded in the passport of the animal. If the animal is vaccinated again during the validity period, then the vaccination is valid immediately. Vaccination outside the period of validity is considered a first vaccination.

 

Coming to Belgium from a third country.

Pets coming to Belgium from a country outside the European Union must meet several conditions.

  • Identification
    Your pet must have been identified with a microchip. The tattoo is still allowed provided that it was placed before July 3, 2011 and that it is clearly legible.
    The microchip must comply with ISO 11784, apply HDX or FDX-B technology and must be readable by a reading device compatible with ISO 11785.

 

  • Blood test of antibodies against rabies
    Serological examination of antibodies against rabies is not required if the country of provenance is included in  Annex II of European Regulation (EC) No 577/2013.
    For all other countries, the blood test should be performed at least 30 days after vaccination and at least 3 months before travel. This test must be carried out by a laboratory approved by the European Union. Caution: always check that the approval of the laboratory concerned is still valid.
    The result of the serological examination must be greater than 0.5 IU / ml and remain valid for the life of the animal provided that the validity of the vaccination is not interrupted (vaccination recall carried out within the period of validity of the vaccination former).
    If you go to Belgium from a country that is not listed in Appendix II (so in all cases where serological testing is a condition of importation), you must immediately upon arrival, contact the competent authority which is in this case the customs. They will check by means of the identification document if all the conditions are fulfilled and can also control the animal itself.

 

  • Certificate
    A health certificate must be issued by an official veterinarian of the country of origin maximum 10 days before departure. The model certificate is set out in Annex IV of Regulation 577/2013. The certificate remains valid for 4 months once the animal is introduced into the European Union. If a blood test is required, you must be able to submit the test report with the result.

 

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  • Traveling with animals under 12 weeks old

Animals less than 12 weeks old and not vaccinated (validly) against rabies are not allowed to travel to all member states.
You will find more information on the conditions in the different Member States by consulting the website of the European Union.