Every day, we have people asking us for a PET PASSPORT to take their pet into countries all over the world.
Technically, there is no such thing as a PET PASSPORT, at least not in the United States or Canada or anywhere for that matter outside of the European Union (EU). (see below for countries belonging to the EU.)
If you lived in Europe you could get something called the BLUE PET PASSPORT that would contain your pet’s health records and even their photo. However, the Blue Pet Passport can only be issued by veterinarians inside the EU.
WHY IS A PET PASSPORT IMPORTANT?
A pet passport is important because it allows you to group all required and vital information about your pet in one place and make it convenient for officials at the border to verify your pet’s health and inoculation records.
CREATING YOUR OWN PET PASSPORT
Your veterinarian can help create a PASSPORT for your pet to enter almost any country in the world.
If you are from the United States and are visiting most European Union countries, then the pet passport will consist of the following:
- The EU Form 998 for the country you will be visiting (they are all different) completed by your veterinarian and certified by the State USDA veterinarian.
- Your pet’s inoculation record which must be attached to the certified EU form 998. (Sometimes the inoculation record is referred to as the Rabies Certificate.)
If you are visiting one of the United Kingdom countries ( England, Ireland or Scotland) or Norway or Sweden, there will be two more documents that will make up your PET PASSPORT.
- The results of your pet’s blood titer test.
- The Ticks & Tapeworms treatment form (Echinococcus treatment)
COUNTRIES OTHER THAN THE EUROPEAN UNION
The same basically applies to any country in the world although the rules vary widely from country to country. You should have a Health Certificate completed by your veterinarian. This certificate is also referred to as a Veterinary or Sanitary Certificate.
Some countries require more kinds of inoculations and some require an import permit. You can find out the specific requirements for the country you plan to take your pet by visiting our pet immigration rules page.
The key to avoiding delays at the border and/or quarantine when traveling with your pet is to have your PET PASSPORT complete and accurate for the countries you are visiting.
If you have questions submit them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.