Traveling to Europe is a pretty routine part of our lives now since the dawn of the no frills air fare. Why leave your pets at home bring them with you on your European travels!
Dogs and cats travel between Ireland and Europe every day. Rabies is much rarer in Europe now than in previous decades so we moving your pet to Europe is really easy now.
In order to travel to Europe, pets need a pet passport, cute but necessary. You can find some info on pet passports here.
This is how it works in a nutshell.
Step 1 – Your dog or cat should be microchipped.
Step 2 – Even though rabies isn’t as rampant as in the past they’ll still need to get the rabies vaccination. To qualify for the vaccination they must be at least 3 months old. Some rabies vaccines last for 3 years and others will last for 3 years but need a top up after one year, so have a chat with your vet to see how your dogs vaccine is progressing.
Step 3 – Your vet issues you with a pet passport and 21 days after the initial vaccination, your pet can travel to Europe and back again.
Step 4 – If your pet is travelling by plane, then the airlines require that they are checked within 5 days of the flight to ensure that they are fit, healthy and ready to fly.
All European countries accept the pet passport, but there are some exceptions and changes to the rule depending on if they are within EU or just European, for example:
Cyprus and Greece ask that dogs and cats travelling there are treated against ticks and tapeworms 24-48 hours before they check in for their flight.
Switzerland is in Europe but not in the EU, so the Swiss have similar rules for the importation of pets to the rest of Europe, but they will not allow dogs with docked tails into the country.
Contact us and we’ll help decipher what your pet needs to make their European travels as enjoyable as possible.