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Pet Travel Question: What is the EU 998?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

My vet tells me that all I need to get my dog into Germany is the International Health Certificate, European Microchip, and proof of vaccinations. However I'm reading on the internet that I also need the EU Form 998, which my vet says they know nothing about. Do I really need this 998 form??? Please help!


Hi Todd,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! Long story short: the EU 998 is no longer needed for pet travel to Europe.

Here are the Pet Import Requirements for...

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Pet Travel Question: Does My Puppy Need a Titre Test?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elaine
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shih Tzu
From: Philippines
To: Italy


Does my puppy (six months old) need to undergo a titre test? What are the requirements we need to comply with to be able to bring our puppy with us? Please let me know.




Hi Elaine,

According to these pet import requirements for Italy, your dog will not need a Rabies titre test to travel to Italy. All of Italy's requirements can be found at that link, but basically they are as follows:

  • A...
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Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to Germany

Monday, April 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Beth
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Main Coons
From: US
To: Germany

We are moving in a few months to Germany. Do we need both the EU Vet and International Health Certificates? Do both have to be validated and stamped by the USDA?




Hi Beth,

Thanks for your question. These are the pet import requirements for Germany -- you'll see that you need the EU Vet Health Certificate (EU 998) and the International Health Certificate (APHIS 7001). There are several steps to complete,...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving a Pet to Europe

Thursday, September 15, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix (25lb)
From: San Antonio
To: Zurich, Switzerland

I received your super handy planning eBook, but had a quick question. Is the EU 998 form the same thing as a pet passport? Also, for the USDA approval, any ideas on turn around time for that? We are planning to move in early November and are trying to stay ahead of the game! Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Side note: Read about your company a few years ago and thought, what a...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Italy Requirements

Thursday, September 8, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Debbie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Goldendoodle
From: West Virginia
To: Italy

I have a client that wants to get a puppy from me and wants me to send it to Italy. I have been trying to find out what is required.

1) I have found that the dog must have a Rabies shot (so I will need to keep the pup until 12 weeks for that).
2) Then I found out the dog cannot fly until 30 days after the rabies shot (so we're now at 16 weeks).
3) I have found out that the dog must have a 15...Read More

USDA Endorsements for Pet Travel to Italy

Monday, January 17, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Japanese Chin
From: USA
To: Italy

My vet filled out the EU 998 form and I sent it and my dog's rabies certificate to the USDA to be endorsed. They stamped the 998 form. Is that all I need to do? Does the rabies certificate need to be stamped?

Hi Michelle,

It sounds like you have a great start! The EU 998, the microchip implantation record, the vet letter and the rabies certificate will all need to be USDA-endorsed. Double check the Pet... Read More

Pet Travel Question: How to Complete the EU 998 and 7001 for Spain

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stephen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shepherd/Terrier Mix
From: Chicago
To: Spain

I'm going on an extended vacation to Spain and bringing the pooch. I understand these points: getting the correct chip, getting vaccinations (4 weeks minimum before travel) for the APHIS 7001 and EU 998 forms, USDA Approved Vet signature, and having these forms endorsed by the USDA Office. My questions are... if the EU 998 can be completed 4 months prior to travel and the APHIS 7001 has to be a...Read More

Pet travel question: European vacation

Sunday, October 3, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michele L.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: dog
Pet Breed: Smooth Fox Terrier

I am not moving but I am planning a trip in 2011 with my dog. I plan to travel from US to Paris and then a week later on to Finland then back to the US. My question is about transiting through Germany with flight changes in Frankfurt. What additional health compliance documentation am I required to have for the dog in transit? Also, how do I get a copy of EU form 998? Thank you, - Michele

Hi Michele,

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Shipping a Dog to the UK Safely?

Friday, February 5, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

Name: Risa

Subject: Rules and Regs. & How to ship my small dog to UK safely?

Question: Also...does my dog have to go in pet travel quarantine?


Answer: Hello Risa!

There are some pet transport requirements you will need to fulfill in order to be able to get your dog into the UK and make it through customs. Please note- the rules change depending on which country you will be coming from, so if you're not leaving from the US the requirements will be different from what is below:

If coming...

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Moving a Pet Ferret to Sweden!

Friday, February 5, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

Name: Samara

Subject: Pet moving with Ferret to Sweden from US

Question: I am moving to Sweden next Sept. I want to take my four year old ferret, Molly. How would I go about getting ready for this? What is the process of pet transport?

I am from America, so I am not in the EU, which would of course be much easier.

Answer: Hello Samara!

Here are the rules and requirements for importing your ferret into Sweden (they are the same for dogs, cats, and ferrets):

In order:

1) Microchip- Should comply...

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Shipping a dog from the US to UK

Friday, February 5, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

Pet Travel Question:

Name: Donna
Subject: Pet shipping a dog from USA to UK
Question: What are the rules on shipping a dog from the US to UK, and do the dogs have to go into pet travel quarantine?


Hello Donna!

If you follow these steps and complete these requirements, there should not be any quarantine time (there is a six month wait that can be completed at your home in the US and upon arrival into the UK your dog should be eligible for instant release), it's called the "Pet Scheme."


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Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS)

Thursday, February 4, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

The Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS) was created by the UK's DEFRA to allow pets to travel into London, England without having to undergo a lengthy quarantine.  PetRelocation.com walks you through the Pet Travel Scheme for pets coming from the US or any other rabies-controlled country.  The following rules apply to dogs, cats and ferrets.

1. Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO...

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Transporting Pets to the UK!

Thursday, February 4, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

When it comes to the transportation of pets, it seems that the UK is the leading destination country for international pet shipping. Over the next couple of weeks, we will focus on the import requirements of our top destinations in hopes of helping all of you with the basics and what is required of you when importing your live animals:

To start your research, we strongly suggest visiting the DEFRA website, so you can learn directly from DEFRA (Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs) on...

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Pet Friendly Travel from Houston to Frankfurt

Thursday, November 12, 2009 by PetRelocation Team

If you're thinking of moving pets or traveling with your pets to Germany, pet friendly Continental Airlines just announced their new non-stop flights frmo Houston to Frankfurt.  As a result, we're now able to offer pet friendly bookings on both Lufthansa and Continental going direct to Frankfurt.  It's not too late for some Oktoberfest!

Don't forget to download the EU 998 Health Certificate for your pet's travel as well as check out the Germany Pet Import Requirements for assistance in planning...

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Top Pet Travel Searches on PetRelocation.com This Week

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by PetRelocation Team

Here's a round up of some of our top site-wide pet friendly searches for the last week.  I thought this might save some people the trouble of having to search the pet travel site!

1.  moving pets to Guam

Good news - we just updated our pet import rules page for Guam.  Search no more!  We also just moved two pets to Guam, who you can see pictures of on our PetRelocation Facebook page.

2.  moving pets to Korea

South Korea is a popular destination, paticularly for many teachers who are taking jobs...

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Traveling to the EU with Your Pet? Don't Forget the Serial Number on EU Health Certificate (Form 998)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by PetRelocation Team

Below is a letter to the IPATA organization reminding them of the importance of serial numbers on the EU veterinary certificate (form 998).  This is commonly overlooked by pet friendly veterinarians and USDA officials, so it is the responsibility of the pet owner (or their pet relocation company!) to ensure that it is filled in.  We thought it'd be useful for our pet travel readers to remind them about the importance of the serial number (emphasis ours):

Lately, we have had issues with the...

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Traveling to Spain with Pets! Import Rules Too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by PetRelocation Team

If you really want to go for a holiday with your dog to a sunny and bright place full of beaches and urban delights, then Spain is for you! Spain is Europe's sunshine capital, where, as they say, the sun almost always shines. Dotted with beaches and lively metropolis, Spain is a country throbbing with life. If you want some fresh air, Spain is filled with opportunities to visit wildlife parks as well as great hiking.

The Spanish tango tomato is world renowned and people tomatoes are a specialty...Read More

Pet Import Rules for Spain!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by PetRelocation Team

Spain seems to be the hot ticket these days, so we wanted to make sure all of you out there moving transporting or shipping your pets to Spain are aware of the import requirements. Here is the basic breakdown for dogs and cats entering Spain - please note; birds, lizards and other animals may require other documents and we strongly suggest you contact the local authorities to verify this information:


1) Microchip: Each Pet shall be identified by means of a...Read More

Pet Travel to Switzerland!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by PetRelocation Team

Moving to Switzerland with your pets?!

As you may already know, Switzerland is a landlocked alpine country located in Central Europe. Switzerland shares its borders with France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein. Its independence can be dated back to 1291 and currently there are over 7 million people spread over 26 cantons or "counties/states".

What we hear from our customers, is that your pets and you will love the climate in Swizterland. The climate in Switzerland is generally...Read More

Moving with Pets to Rome, Italy?!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by PetRelocation Team

Are you planning to move to Italy with your pets?! Many of our customers tell us that Italy is a great place for expatriates and all who are living in Italy, to enjoy with their pets! Especially with the family dog in tow!

We are even told that there is a famous grocery store that sells big bags of pasta, made especially for dogs! Rome, as with most major cities, is very pet friendly and it is likely that across from the ruins where Julius Caesar was killed, at one of the busiest intersections...Read More