Dogs, cats and ferrets

Certain requirements concerning animal health are applied in the movements of pet animals between EU-countries. These requirements are adhered to according to the currently valid so called pet regulation (Regulation (EC) no. 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council).

This regulation has been abolished and replaced with a new pet regulation (Regulation (EC) no. 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council) which is applied from 29th December 2014 in all EU Member States. The regulation changes the travel requirements for dogs, cats and ferrets. The biggest changes concern puppies’ and kittens’ rabies vaccinations, the pet passport, the time of the clinical examination and the new model for the owner’s declaration form.


The objective of non-commercial movement of pet animals should not be selling the animal or the exchange of ownership. Pet animal stands for an animal that is accompanied by its owner or an authorised person during movement. The owner or the authorised person is responsible for the pet animal during movement.

An authorised person can move the pet animal on behalf of the owner. An authorised person means any natural person who has authorisation in writing from the owner to carry out the non-commercial movement of the pet animal on behalf of the owner.

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