EU pet passports come into force 1 October

29th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 September 2004 , BERLIN – European Union pet owners have until 1 October to comply with new EU rules for so-called pet passports.

29 September 2004

BERLIN – European Union pet owners have until 1 October to comply with new EU rules for so-called pet passports.

The passports, which are required before allowing animal entry to an EU member state, are to include the pet's microchip or tattoo number for identification, as well as other data such as records of all vaccinations and clinical examinations.

One aim of the new European Pet Travel Scheme is to provide proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies with the passport also setting out details of the pet’s tick and tapeworm treatment.

Experts estimate that it could cost about EUR 80 to ensure a pet is fit for the new EU passport rules, which also apply to animals travelling to EU member states from other countries.

The EU launched the new Europe-wide passport scheme for cats, dogs and even ferrets, rabbits and rodents in July but gave pet owners a transitory period until the end of September to comply with the new EU-wide system.

The new EU rules also require that electronic scanners capable of reading implantable chips to be placed at all ports of entry to EU countries with several EU nations having already introduced pet passports.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: German news

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