The Guardian posted a sad, but important article recently about a dog traveling to the United Kingdom from South Africa whose microchip was faulty. Because of this, and according to the Department of Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) policies, the dog was quarantined for 4 months at great inconvenience and cost to the owner. Here is a link to the story.
This story reminds us how crucial it is for your veterinarian to scan your pet’s microchip everytime you bring in your pet for whatever reason, but especially prior to traveling to any foreign country. In this case, there were quarantine facilities in the UK, but this is not the case in other countries in the European Union and other countries worldwide. If your pet is not traveling with the proper identification and paperwork and required tests have not been done, it will be refused entry and returned to the country of origin at your cost or destroyed. This is something no one traveling with a pet wants to happen.
If your veterinarian does not have a scanner, you can rent or purchase a scanner and bring it with you.
Not all countries require a microchip, but many do including all EU countries. Just be sure that you know the regulations for your destination country before traveling with your pet. Find pet passport policies for countries all over the world. It could make the difference between a fun trip and a disaster.