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Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats from Canada to the UK

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pamala
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
From: Canada
To: UK

Hi,

What forms do I need and where can I get them and print them to take to the vet? And what does each cat need to have by law?

Thank you,

Pamala

 

Hi Pamala,

Thanks for your questions. Here are the pet import requirements for the United Kingdom. As you'll see there, in addition to microchips and Rabies vaccines, you'll need several health certificates for each cat which your vet should be able to give you. Additionally, you will need an EU vet health certificate (or EU 998 form) for each cat, which you can download here. You will need to have these certificates endorsed by the Canadian government veterinary authority (the CFIA). The endorsement process can be quite lengthy, so it is best to start preparing your cats for travel as soon as possible.

Thanks again for your questions. Pet transport can be a stressful process, so if you think you might like assistance with your move, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet shipping specialist. Additionally, if you have any more questions about the process of moving your cats, feel free to contact us. Happy travels!

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

Hello,

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.

Thanks,

Elaine

 

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 microchip
  • Full vaccinations
  • An EU Vet Health Certificate (also known as the EU 998, which you can download here)
  • An International Health Certificate

These forms will have to be endorsed by your local government veterinary authority, and several of them are time-sensitive, so you will need to be very organized and get an early start to make sure that your dog is ready to go in time. Additionally, some of these vaccinations might require that your dog be a certain age, in which case will have to wait until your puppy is old enough to receive these vaccinations before he can travel.

The process of moving a pet internationally can be overwhelming and confusing, so if you have any more questions feel free to contact us. Additionally, if you think you might like help with moving your dog, please fill out our free quote form to learn more about our door-to-door services.

Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

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?

Thanks,

Beth

 

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, so we advise giving yourself plenty of time to plan.

Here's more about moving pets to Germany and tips for how to prepare your pets for an international move. Thanks again for checking in, and please contact us if you have any more questions.


 

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 fantastic company! Had no clue I would actually be contacting you for your expertise!!

Kind regards,
Julie

It's great to hear from you, Julie! We're glad to be of service as you sort out your upcoming move. It's smart of you to get a head start on everything, too, as an international relocation can definitely be a bit overwhelming.

Here are the requirements for importing pets to Switzerland. You'll see that you need full vaccinations as well as the EU 998 (that's the international health certificate, which is different than a "pet passport"). There are no guarantees when it comes to how long it will take for the USDA endorsements to be returned, so it's best to allow at least a week.

Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!

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 digit micro-chip.
4) I have found out we do need an international health certificate.
5) have heard that the dog needs a form called the 998 - is that the same as the international health certificate? If not, where do I get that form?
6) Also I heard that someone would need to translate all the info - is that true?
7) Is there anything else I need to know to get the pup to Italy?

Thanks,
Debbie



Hi Debbie,

Here are the pet import requirements for Italy. You're certainly on the right track with the above information; as you can see, you need a rabies vaccine and certificate, microchip and health certificate (which is the EU 998 and can be downloaded from our site).

Give us a call
if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!


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 Import Requirements for Italy to make sure you have everything covered, and please contact us if you'd like to speak to a Pet Relocation Specialist about anything else.

Thanks for the question, and good luck!

Pet Travel Question: What is the EU 998?

Monday, January 3, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Todd
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab
From: Chicago
To: Frankfurt


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! - Todd


Hi Todd,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Here are the Pet Import Requirements for Germany -- you'll see that that the EU Form 998 is indeed required along with the International Health Certificate (find out more and download the EU 998 here).

Please feel free to contact one of our Pet Relocation Specialists if you have any more questions, and connect with our Facebook community for more tips from all the PetRelocation fans out there. Good luck, Todd!

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 minimum of 10 days, does that mean that they would be re-vaccinated then for the 7001? Does it make more sense to get the 998 and the 7001 completed at the same time and get them endorsed at the same time? Is that cutting it too close? And what is the "Vet Letter"? That is the first I had seen of that. -Thanks, Stephen

Hi Stephen,

There are certainly many steps involved when it comes to international pet travel, but it sounds like you're on the right track.

Take a look at our breakdown of the Pet Import Requirements for Spain and find out more about the APHIS 7001 here. Since the EU 998 must be endorsed by the USDA (along with a few other forms), we recommend allowing plenty of time to get everything in order. The purpose of the 10 day stipulation for the APHIS 7001 is to determine that your pet is truly in good health and safe to fly within the next few days (no "re-vaccinations" should be necessary). 

As for the vet letter, this should be a typed letter on your vet's letterhead that states the date the microchip was implanted. It should include the microchip number and the pet's name, breed, sex and age. The letter should be signed by your vet in blue ink and must be endorsed by the USDA.

Let us know if you have any more questions, and please give us a call if you'd like to speak to one of our Pet Relocation Specialists about handling your move.

Good luck to you and your pooch!

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,

For a trip like this, you'll want to take a look at the import requirements for each leg of the journey. Find the France Import Rules and Requirements here and the Finland Import rules and Requirements here.

The Frankfurt airport is famously friendly to pet travelers, as it's the home of the Lufthansa Animal Lounge and thousands of animals pass through each year. We'd recommend that you double check with the airline to see if you require any additional paperwork for your layover in Germany.

Finally, the EU 998 is easily accessible; you can easily download it on our site.

Thanks for your inquiry, Michele. Hope you have a great trip! And remember, our Pet Relocation Specialists are available to answer any further questions you may have.

Pet travel question: USDA endorsements and importing dogs to the UK

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Aimee W.
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: dogs
Pet Breed: dachshund, rat terrier mix
From: California, United States
To: Scotland, United Kingdom

Hi! I'm moving my two dogs to the United Kingdom. Our flight is on October 10th. I already have USDA endorsed EU 998 forms for the two of them. I have an appointment 6 days before the flight with a vet to acquire 7001 forms for them as well. My question is: do the 7001 forms needs to be endorsed by the USDA as well? Or are the endorsed EU 998 forms enough? Thank you so much! -Aimee


Hi Aimee,

Thanks for contacting us with your question.

According to the UK Import Rules and Requirements, you won't need to have a 7001 endorsed by the USDA. In this case, an endorsed EU 998 will suffice. Hopefully you have everything in order for your upcoming trip... we hope it goes well for you!

Let us know if you need anything else, and good luck to you and your dogs.

Shipping a Dog to the UK Safely?

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Rachel Farris

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?

Thanks!

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 from the US, you will be able to avoid quarantine in the UK if you follow these rule and requirements:

1) First, your dog will need to be microchipped. The microchip used should comply with ISO standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. The microchip implantation must be done before the rabies vaccination.

2) Next, rabies vaccination & certificate. All pets must have have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain.

3) Third, your dog will need rabies titer/ FAVN-OIE tests.  FAVN or Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and will need to be approved by an approved Government Facility  prior to export (i.e. the USDA). 

To obtain a Rabies Titer/FAVN test:

Your vet will need to send a serum sample, accompanied by a completed FAVN Report Form, to the Kansas State University lab* to do the FAVN test. The Kansas State Lab will then send the FAVN Report Form with the results of the test back to the submitting clinic.

Rabies Laboratory

Kansas State University

2005 Research Park Circle

Manhattan, KS 66502

tel. 785-532-4483

fax 785-532-4474

www.vet.ksu.edu/rabies

rabies@vet.ksu.edu

If the FAVN test is approved:

The 'Six Month Wait' begins at the day of blood draw.

The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above in order to qualify for entry.

*Please call KSU prior to sending the blood to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location.  We also suggest, prior to shipping the blood, that you ask how they want the blood container labeled and how they want it sent to them.  These labs do change their policy often, so its best to double check with them.

4) Then, you will need a letter from your vet which states the date the microchip was implanted. Please note, if the Rabies Vaccination and the blood draw date were done on the same day, please state that the vaccination was given before the blood was drawn.

5) Next, you will need to obtain an EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#: 998). This is the standard health certificate to be filled out by your accredited vet. This certificate is valid for 4 months prior to departure date, so do not get this issued too early.

6) Then, you will need to obtain an USDA Endorsement for the above referenced forms, which much be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval.

7) Finally, 24-48 hours prior to departure, you will need to go back to your veterinarian so they can issue both, an International Health Certificate and the Tick/Tapeworm Treatments they have administered.

Hope this information helps, and for more information please see our Pet Travel Scheme rules on our website. This is something we could absolutely help you out with, our UK Specialist, Scotty, would be happy to answer any further questions you may have. His e-mail address is Scotty[at]petrelocation[dot]com. Good luck and have a good trip!

Moving a Pet Ferret to Sweden!

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Rachel Farris

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 with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785, otherwise your ferret will need to be sent with it's own scanner attached to the top of the crate. The microchip implantation must be done before the rabies vaccination, make sure the vet scans the chip prior to implant to prove it works.

2) Rabies Vaccination & Certificate- Must have an original Rabies Certificate which must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation, and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain- some are good for two years, others are only good for one. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.

3. Rabies Titer / FAVN-OIE Tests:  FAVN or Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and will need to be approved by an approved Government Facility  prior to export (i.e. the USDA). 

To obtain a Rabies Titer/FAVN test:

Your vet will need to send a serum sample, accompanied by a completed FAVN Report Form, to the Kansas State University lab* to do the FAVN test. The Kansas State Lab will then send the FAVN Report Form with the results of the test back to the submitting clinic.

Rabies Laboratory

Kansas State University

2005 Research Park Circle

Manhattan, KS 66502

tel. 785-532-4483

fax 785-532-4474

www.vet.ksu.edu/rabies

rabies@vet.ksu.edu

If the FAVN test is approved:

The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above in order to qualify for entry.

*Please call KSU prior to sending the blood to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location.  We also suggest, prior to shipping the blood, that you ask how they want the blood container labeled and how they want it sent to them.  These labs do change their policy often, so its best to double check with them.



4) Echinococcus Treatment- Must have a tapeworm (echinococcus) treatment no more than 10 days before arrival into Sweden. This treatment shall be repeated within 7 days after arriving. Both treatments, including the name and dosage, shall be certified in the Certificate listed in step #5. The treatment used MUST contain the ingredient- praziquantel- and be administered in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

5) EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#:998)- This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian. If your pet is going to be traveling as 'unaccompanied cargo' you will need the commercial variant, which needs to be issued and USDA endorsed within 24 hours of departure. This means that the tapeworm treatment (step #4) and International Health Certificate (step #7) must also be done within that 24 hour time period.

6) USDA Endorsement- The above referenced forms:

- Microchip Implantation Record

- Rabies Certificate

- Rabies Titer Test Results

- EU Vet Health Certificate

Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval.



7) International Health Certificate: Within 10 days of departure your vet will need to issue an International Health Certificate (Form 7001) as required by all airlines. This certificate states that your ferret is in good health and is OK to fly.



Additional Notes:

In the case of animals originating in a qualifying country other than an EU Member State the "pet passport" is in the form of a "Veterinary Certificate", must consist of a single sheet, be printed in the language of Member State (in this case, Swedish) of entry and in English, and be completed in the language of the Member State or English.

North American vets need to write the dates in this format: dd/mm/yyyy.

Hope this helps, and for more information please check out the Sweden Rules & Regulations on our website.

This is something we could definitely help you out with! To speak to our Sweden Specialist, please feel free to call toll free 1-877-PET-MOVE and ask for Matt Johnson if you have any more questions or would like a price quote.

Good luck with the move!

Shipping a dog from the US to UK

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Rachel Farris

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?

Answer: 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"

In order:

1) Microchip- Your dog needs to be microchipped, no other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785, otherwise your dog will need to be sent with it's own scaner attached to the top of the crate. The microchip implantation must be done before the rabies vaccination. Make sure the Vet scans the chip prior to implant so we know it works.

2) Rabies Vaccination & Certificate- Your dog must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain- some are good for two years, others are only good for one.

3) Rabies Titer / FAVN-OIE Tests:  FAVN or Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and will need to be approved by an approved Government Facility  prior to export (i.e. the USDA).

To obtain a Rabies Titer/FAVN test:

Your vet will need to send a serum sample, accompanied by a completed FAVN Report Form, to the Kansas State University lab* to do the FAVN test. The Kansas State Lab will then send the FAVN Report Form with the results of the test back to the submitting clinic.

Rabies Laboratory

Kansas State University

2005 Research Park Circle

Manhattan, KS 66502

tel. 785-532-4483

fax 785-532-4474

http://www.vet.ksu.edu/rabies

rabies@vet.ksu.edu

If the FAVN test is approved:

The 'Six Month Wait' begins at the day of blood draw.

The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above in order to qualify for entry.

*Please call KSU prior to sending the blood to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location.  We also suggest, prior to shipping the blood, that you ask how they want the blood container labeled and how they want it sent to them.  These labs do change their policy often, so its best to double check with them.
4) Letter From Your Vet- Please have a typed letter, on the Vet's Company Letterhead, which states the date the microchip was implanted. Please include the microchip number and your dog's information (name, breed, sex, and age).

*Please note- if the Rabies Vaccination and the blood draw date were done on the same day, please state that the vaccination was given BEFORE the blood was drawn. This letter needs to be signed by your vet in blue ink.

5) EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#:998)- This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled our by your accredited Veterinarian. This certificate is valid for 4 months prior to departure date, so do not get this issued too early.

6) USDA Endorsement- The above referenced forms (Microchip Implantation Record, Rabies Certificate, Rabies Titer Test Results, Vet Letter, and EU Health Certificate) must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval.

7) 24-48 hours prior to departure your Vet will need to issue both, an International Health Certificate and the Tick/Tapeworm Treatments they have administered.

*International Health Certificate is Form 7001

*The tick and tapeworm treatment must contain the ingrediant- praziquantel.

Additional Notes:

The correct date format for all paperwork is dd/mm/yyyy and all paperwork must be completed in blue ink.

Hope this helps, and for more information please check out the Pet Travel Scheme information on our website.

We could help you out with this move, please feel free to contact our UK Specialist, Scotty, if you have any more questions or would like a price quote at 1-877-PET-MOVE (toll free number).

Have a good move!

Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS)

Thursday, February 4, 2010 by Rachel Farris

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 Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785- otherwise the pet will need to be sent with it's own scanner attached to the top of the crate.

* The microchip implantation MUST BE DONE BEFORE the rabies vaccination.  Make sure the Vet scans the chip prior to implant so we know it works.

2. Rabies Vaccination & Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain – some are good for two years, others are only good for one.

3. Rabies Titer / FAVN-OIE Tests:  FAVN or Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and will need to be approved by an approved Government Facility  prior to export (i.e. the USDA). 

To obtain a Rabies Titer/FAVN test:

Your vet will need to send a serum sample, accompanied by a completed FAVN Report Form, to the Kansas State University lab* to do the FAVN test. The Kansas State Lab will then send the FAVN Report Form with the results of the test back to the submitting clinic.

Rabies Laboratory

Kansas State University

2005 Research Park Circle

Manhattan, KS 66502

tel. 785-532-4483

fax 785-532-4474

www.vet.ksu.edu/rabies

rabies@vet.ksu.edu

If the FAVN test is approved:

The 'Six Month Wait' begins at the day of blood draw.

The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above in order to qualify for entry.

*Please call KSU prior to sending the blood to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location.  We also suggest, prior to shipping the blood, that you ask how they want the blood container labeled and how they want it sent to them.  These labs do change their policy often, so its best to double check with them.

4. Letter From Your Vet: Please have a typed letter, on the Vet's Company Letterhead, which states the date the microchip was implanted.  Please include the microchip number and the Pet(s) information (name, breed, sex & age) * Please note – if the Rabies Vaccination and the blood draw date were done on the same day, please state that the vaccination was given BEFORE the blood was drawn.  We will need this letter signed by your Vet – in BLUE ink.

5. EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#: 998) – (Form provided to you by PetRelocation.com) – This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian.  This certificate is valid for 4 months prior to departure date, so do not get this issued too early.

6. USDA Endorsement:  The above referenced forms:

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Rabies Titer Test Results
  • Vet Letter
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval.  Please contact your PetRelocation.com representative on the best way of handling this.

7. Final Step24-48 Hours Prior to Departure we will need to go back to your Veterinarian so they can issue both an International Health Certificate & the Tick/Tapeworm Treatments they have administered. 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

For animals originating in an EU Member State, the "pet passport", can be used and comes in a booklet form, blue in color with the EU emblem of yellow stars. This passport is a document standardized throughout the EU.

In the case of animals originating in a qualifying country other than an EU Member State the "passport" is in the form of a "Veterinary Certificate", must consist of a single sheet, be printed in the language of Member State of entry and in English and be completed in the language of the Member State of entry or English.

North American vets write dates confusingly, sometimes in two different formats on the same document.  The correct layout requested, and the ISO Standard, is dd/mm/yyyy.

Microchip Numbers must be read from the chip in the animal – and not from other paperwork.  You must double check to make sure the chip can be scanned and that ALL NUMBERS of the microchip are recorded correctly.

Transporting Pets to the UK!

Thursday, February 4, 2010 by Rachel Farris

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 what is needed to enter the UK.

We have listed below a general guideline on what is needed to import your live animals to the United Kingdom.

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


UNITED KINGDOM IMPORT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

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 Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785- otherwise the pet will need to be sent with it's own scanner attached to the top of the crate.

* The microchip implantation MUST BE DONE BEFORE the rabies vaccination. Make sure the Vet scans the chip prior to implant so we know it works.

2) Rabies Vaccination & Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain – some are good for two years, others are only good for one.

3) Rabies Titer / FAVN-OIE Tests:  FAVN or Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and will need to be approved by an approved Government Facility  prior to export (i.e. the USDA). 

To obtain a Rabies Titer/FAVN test:

Your vet will need to send a serum sample, accompanied by a completed FAVN Report Form, to the Kansas State University lab* to do the FAVN test. The Kansas State Lab will then send the FAVN Report Form with the results of the test back to the submitting clinic.

Rabies Laboratory

Kansas State University

2005 Research Park Circle

Manhattan, KS 66502

tel. 785-532-4483

fax 785-532-4474

www.vet.ksu.edu/rabies

rabies@vet.ksu.edu

If the FAVN test is approved:

The 'Six Month Wait' begins at the day of blood draw.

The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above in order to qualify for entry.

*Please call KSU prior to sending the blood to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location.  We also suggest, prior to shipping the blood, that you ask how they want the blood container labeled and how they want it sent to them.  These labs do change their policy often, so its best to double check with them.

4) Letter From Your Vet: Please have a typed letter, on the Vet's Company Letterhead, which states the date the microchip was implanted. Please include the microchip number and the Pet(s) information (name, breed, sex & age) * Please note – if the Rabies Vaccination and the blood draw date were done on the same day, please state that the vaccination was given BEFORE the blood was drawn. We will need this letter signed by your Vet – in BLUE ink.

5) EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#: 998) – (Form provided to you by PetRelocation.com) – This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian. This certificate is valid for 4 months prior to departure date, so do not get this issued too early.

6) USDA Endorsement: The above referenced forms:

 

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Rabies Titer Test Results
  • Vet Letter
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation.com representative on the best way of handling this.

7) Final Step: 24-48 Hours Prior to Departure we will need to go back to your Veterinarian so they can issue both an International Health Certificate & the Tick/Tapeworm Treatments they have administered.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

For animals originating in an EU Member State, the "pet passport", can be used and comes in a booklet form, blue in color with the EU emblem of yellow stars. This passport is a document standardized throughout the EU.

In the case of animals originating in a qualifying country other than an EU Member State the "passport" is in the form of a "Veterinary Certificate", must consist of a single sheet, be printed in the language of Member State of entry and in English and be completed in the language of the Member State of entry or English.

North American vets write dates confusingly, sometimes in two different formats on the same document. The correct layout requested, and the ISO Standard, is dd/mm/yyyy.

Microchip Numbers must be read from the chip in the animal – and not from other paperwork. You must double check to make sure the chip can be scanned and that ALL NUMBERS of the microchip are recorded correctly.For more information on traveling with your pet to the UK, please do visit our website so you can learn more about your pet transportation needs!

Happy Pet Travels!

Pet Friendly Travel from Houston to Frankfurt

Thursday, November 12, 2009 by Rachel Farris

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 your trip!

Top Pet Travel Searches on PetRelocation.com This Week

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Rachel Farris

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 teaching English.  We love helping teachers move their pets!

3.  moving dogs to Italy

Moving dogs to and from Italy is another popular destination.  Incidentally, Italy produced many exciting breeds of dogs, including the Cane Corso and Neopolitan Mastiff - really amazing looking dogs!

4.  moving pets to Belgium

Belgium has similar rules as the rest of the EU, however they also require an import permit and a letter from the pet owner's employer stating that they are relocating.

5.  Form EC# 998

This is the form required to move pets to the European Union.  We call it the EU 998 form, not the EC.  You can download the Form EC 998 / EU 998 for free here.

6.  PetRelocation.com newsletter

We have a great newsletter called the PetRelocation Postcard.  People really seem to love receiving it, as it has tidbits of news and information, as well as special offers and updates from the company.  Sign up for our newsletter here.

Looking for something else?  Let us know in the comments section and we'll point you in the right direction!

Download the EU 998 Form

Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Rachel Farris

Below is the European Union (EU) Veterinary Health 998 Form for the UK that you might find comes in handy for pet transport.
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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 Rachel Farris

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 absence of the "Serial number of the certificate" (on the first page of the EU Veterinary Certificate), in particular from JFK and LAX. This Serial number should be filled out at all times and in addition, every Certificate must have a unique serial number. As not all USDA APHIS offices maintain a numerical tracking method, it becomes your responsibilty to ensure that a unique number is included on the EU Verterinary Certificate at all times.

As a suggestion, a good method is to include the USDA APHIS 7001 Health Certificate on the EU Veterinary Certificate, as a cross reference. But again, every Certificate must have a unique serial number.

We have experienced more and more cases whereby the VWA in AMS rejects a Live Pet if the Serial number of the EU Veterinary Certificate is missing. Before they release the Live Pet, the VWA requires a declaration from the export agent that includes the (EU) Veterinary Certificate Serial number, with a reference to the name of the Live Pet, Airway Bill number, and Chip/Tattoo number.

This declaration must be signed and stamped by the USDA. Needless to say, by the time the declaration is in the hands of the VWA, your Live Pet shipment has suffered a delay and there has been additional work for all involved… By completing the EU Veterinary Certificate accurately and completely before the shipment departs the US, this can be avoided.

Also, it is essential that original EU Health Certificates are included with all Live Pet shipments that require an inspection in AMS. The VWA will no longer accept copies, and your shipment will suffer a delay if the original documentation is absent.


Traveling to Spain with Pets! Import Rules Too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Rachel Farris

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 of this country. A lot of tomato based products like sauces and puree are very good ways to make a living in this country. The climate of this country encourages growing of fruits and vegetables. So the cuisine has wide variety of spices, vegetables, and fruits in it making it a rich experience for the tourists.

Spanish people are known to be friendly and hospitable, and you are bound to enjoy your stay in Spain. Festivals and bull-fighting are surely going to keep you busy!
Very easy to travel with lots of accommodation options and a relaxed population this country attracts huge crowds around the year

Dogs have a good life in Spain and your pets are the source of conversation while you are on the street with your pet. Lots of people want to know more about your pet and many strangers are happy to rub behind the ears of any good-natured dog.

The Spanish have an unmatched love for pets and it shows in the way they take care of their pets. So your pet will certainly enjoy the attention he will get in this country. We are also told that Spain has a lot of 24 hour clinics and its very easy to find a vet to take care of your pets.

Just make sure to take extra care when walking with your dog, as some have died after eating poisoned food in rural areas. Poisoned bait is laid in some areas by hunters and poachers to control natural predators such as foxes, wolves and lynx and cats.

Just remember these important things and you are on your way to a smooth and enjoyable experience in Spain with your faithful companion! The country has a lot of beaches which offer you stay and food and these can be the best option for you.


SPAIN IMPORT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS:

Please note, these are to be used as a guideline and you should always check to make sure these import rules are updated before your pet departs.

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 Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785- otherwise the pet will need to be sent with itҒs own scanner attached to the top of the crate.

2) All animals need to have Full Vaccinations:

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Leptospirosis, (DHLPP) and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

3) EU Vet Health Certificate (Form EC#: 998) (Form provided to you by PetRelocation.com) ֖ This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian. This certificate is valid for 4 months prior to departure date so do not get this issued too early.

4) USDA Endorsement: The below referenced forms:

Microchip Implantation Record
Օ Rabies Certificate
Vet Letter
Օ EU Vet Health Certificate

Must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation.com representative on the best way of handling this.

4. International Health Certificate: Your vet should have these in stock. Its a good idea to call ahead and ask. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure. Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate. Speak to your PetRelocation.com specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.

5. All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

6. In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the animalҒs arrival:

Copy of Pet OwnerՒs Passport
Note from Pet OwnerՒs Employer for the Relocation
City Registration or Anmeldung

Good luck and let us know if we can help!