Rules for transportation of animals in the EU

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  1. Domestic animals must be identified with a TRANSPONDER (“microchip”) or by means of a legible tattoo made prior to 3 July 2011. Domestic animals bearing legible tattoos prior to the above date may be transported if they are accompanied by proof that the tattoo was made before 3rd July 2011.
  2. Domestic animals must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination becomes valid after 21 days of it being administered in the case of the first vaccination of a domesticanimal above 12 weeks of age. In the event of consecutive vaccinations carried out regularly at the intervals indicated within the correspondingsection of the passport (booster doses), the vaccination becomes valid on the day the vaccination booster dose is administered.

    The vaccination date must not be earlier than the date the domesticanimal received the microchip.

  1. Domestic animals must be accompanied by PASSPORTS issued by an authorised vetincludingcertification of the validity of the vaccination against rabies.
  2. If a domestic animal travels in GREAT BRITAIN, IRELAND, FINLAND and MALTA, dogs must also be treated against Echinococcus multilocularis flatworm with a preparation containing praziquantel or another pharmacologically active preparation, which alone, or in combination, has proven properties of limiting infections of mature or immature forms of Echinococcus multilocularis flatworm in certain species of hosts. The preventive treatment against flatworms should be carried out no later than 120 hours and at a minimum, 24 hours prior to the date of the domesticanimals being introduced as planned to the member states.
  3. In the event of the movement of 5 domestic animals or more (exclusions – see below) – the maximum number of domesticanimals that may accompany their owner or an authorised person during a one-off movement of a non-commercial nature, or in the instanceof the commercial movement of domestic animals – the domestic animals should also be accompanied by a health certificate issued by an official vet.

Furthermore, in certain member states there are additional conditions that have to be met in order for a domestic animal to enter the country. Detailed information is available on the internet site of the Chief Veterinary Inspector in Poland. If in doubt, please contact us.

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