Pet Travel: Rules relax for pets moving in European Union

Last week, the European Union (EU) member countries passed legislation allowing groups of more than five pets to cross borders within the EU. However, the pets must be competing in a pet or sports event, not just on holiday. Keep in mind that this legislation does not affect pet owners traveling with their pets to Europe who have more than five pets with them. This is still considered a commercial movement and subject to more stringent regulations.


Pet Travel: Rules relax for pets moving in European Union — 28 Comments

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  2. Because China is considered to be a high-rabies country by the EU, your Lab will need a titer test no sooner than 30 days after the rabies vaccination. The blood sample must be sent to an EU-approved laboratory. Assuming acceptable results, your Lab can enter Sweden without quarantine 90 days after the day the blood was drawn. It will also need an Annex IV form. Details here: You can find export requirements from China here (scroll down on the page)

  3. HI,
    we would be moving to sweden for work from china. we have a labrador who has microchip and rabies shot. also a registeration from the police. what should i do next ? what is the procedure for arriving at sweden ? do we have to have take a flight to stickholm or can we come via copenhagen ?
    please advise

  4. Thanks for the useful information! I’m considering a few-year-move to Europe with my dogs and this are some good news. Greets!

  5. Hi Heather – because you are entering France with more than 5 pets, it will be considered a commercial transport. You will still have to follow the rules for bringing your pets into France as outlined here: You will need a different version of the Annex II form. Additionally, all your pets will need to be examined by a licensed veterinarian within 24 hours of transport according to COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 92/65/EEC.

  6. Hi

    We are planning to move to France in the very near future . We have 2 dogs and 6 ferrets which have all been chipped. I have been told that you are only allowed to take 5 pets and will require special permission for the other 3 .
    I am trying to confirm if this is correct and if so how and were do I get the permission from.
    I have been on the internet but cannot find any sites that can help.
    Does anyone out there know of any sites. Or can help or advise in any way.



  7. Angela – you need to be a resident of the EU to get their pet passport. As long as you are establishing residency, you should be able to get an EU passport. Their rule is that the form needs to be completed within 10 days of entry but it is good for 4 months in that country.

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