Moving your pet within Europe is relatively straightforward, thanks to standardised pet passports across all European member states. The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets to travel between the EU and some other countries without the need for quarantine, provided certain health requirements are met. These include:
- been micro-chipped
- been vaccinated against rabies
- had treatment against tapeworm, where necessary
- a valid European pet passport, when travelling to another EU country or an EU animal health certificate, when travelling from a non-EU country
For pets travelling outside the EU, country-specific paperwork, procedures and quarantine requirements apply. Most countries will require your pet to have an official health certificate issued by your vet. Nearly all countries require imported animals to be immunized against rabies and some require vaccinations and tests for a number of other diseases as well.
Find out the details of required vaccinations for your chosen country of residence, and the specific dates your pet must receive them prior to your move.