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Pet passports enter into force

30 September 2004

BRUSSELS – Cats, dogs and ferrets will need a pet passport to travel abroad from Friday 1 October.

The passport will hold details of the pet’s vaccinations, including a compulsory one against rabies, alongside the animal’s ID number, a description and its home address.

The document is identical across the EU and replaces all previous identity documents for animals.

Previously, animal owners were expected to carry their pet’s immunisation record when they left their home country. Animals were also given a tattoo in their ear.

The old measures will be accepted during a transition phase but after 2011, all animals will need to have a microchip with a machine-readable number.

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Subject: Belgian news