PETS travelling between European Union member states must have an official EU Pets Passport from next month.
October 1 marks the official launch date of the system that will allow pets and their owners to travel easily between member states.
Under the new rules, pets only require identification, an EU pet passport and a rabies vaccination according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
However, the additional import requirements, which need to be recorded in the EU pet passport, for animals entering the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Republic of Ireland still stand.
For example, the tick and tapeworm treatment will be recorded in the pet’s EU passport. The Defra website provides details of the steps required.
European Union regulations also require that electronic scanners that can read implanted microchips be placed at all ports of entry to EU countries.
In France the passport may be issued by a government-authorized vet who holds a mandat sanitaire from the French authorities.
In most veterinary practices in France at least one of the vets holds a mandat sanitaire; alternatively a list should be on display in every Town Hall (La Mairie).
Make sure that the vet correctly completes sections I to V of the passport.
In the UK the passport will replace the existing PETS 1 certificate and will be accepted for entry to the UK from other member states and from other qualifying countries.
It will also replace the PETS 5 and other documents currently required to enter EU countries.
Existing certificate holders will have them replaced by a passport once it expires.