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Europe Plans to Issue Passports for Pets

December 2nd, 2003, 09:44 AM
Europe Plans to Issue Passports for Pets

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- In an effort to make it easier for pets to travel with their owners in Europe, The European Commission on Thursday proposed issuing wallet-sized passports for dogs, cats and ferrets.

Owners will be able to use a standardized blue booklet stamped with the European Union's circle of gold stars, listing vaccinations and certifying the pets are rabies-free.

The passports, which will be printed in the pet owner's native language and in English, will identify animals by microchip, tattoo or an optional photograph. The document would replace pet travel papers issued nationally by the 15 EU governments, and will be valid in all EU countries.

Veterinarians would be responsible for issuing and detailing each animal's medical history in the passport.

"This is great news for pet owners like myself," said EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne, who has a dog. "This is a significant step for the free movement of people and their pets and a step that was made possible by dramatic advances made in our fight against rabies."

Exotic pets such as mice, reptiles and fish would not need a passport to travel within the European Union under the proposal.

The EU already has in place stringent veterinary controls on the movement of farm animals between EU countries in efforts to prevent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and Mad Cow disease. Similar EU-wide rules do not yet exist for pets.

Pets traveling to Ireland, Sweden and Britain will still have to undergo additional rabies checks before being allowed to enter.

It was unclear if the passports would be recognized by other countries like the United States, Japan or Canada.

The Commission hopes to have the new passport scheme in place from July next year.

The proposal still needs to be approved by EU governments and the European Parliament.

Belgium (AP)

December 4th, 2003, 09:59 PM
Is that really good news... or something useless which we are forced to fork over more dough?

Pets are already allowed on airplanes... in the cargo section, no?

with this passport, does it mean that my dog can be "seated" in a crate along side of where I am seated in the economy/business section?


December 4th, 2003, 11:13 PM
As it stands now, outside of North America (I believe and correct me if I am wrong) pets have to go into quarantine for a number of a year from stories I have heard through a friend a customs.

:) so it is good news

December 4th, 2003, 11:30 PM
OMG!!! Luba, how is this Quarantine defined?

as far as I knew... dogs pee & deficated OUTSIDE!

& where do they have to be "quarantined"? in the country of rigin or the visiting country?

:eek: :confused:

December 5th, 2003, 12:36 AM
I don't know all the in's and out's but here's an exerpt from this site:

International travel is a bit more complex and requires more advanced planning if your pet is to travel with you. Each country has itís own set of requirements for entry. You should check with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Annapolis, MD and/or the consulate for your destination. In general, an international health certificate will be required. This certificate must be signed by the USDA. In order to obtain the appropriate signature, it is advised that you make an appointment to visit the USDA veterinarian within ten days prior to your departure. In some cases, a visit to the consulate may also be required. While a signature from the USDA will get you on the plane and to your destination, some countries have a quarantine period that can range from weeks to months before your pet may join you on your travels.

December 6th, 2003, 05:41 PM
Thanks a bunch, Luba!!

I wonder how similar those regulations apply to Canadian laws....


December 6th, 2003, 07:39 PM
There's no quarantine travel within Canada

You can fly coast to coast with poochers no problem

Although you need an Airline approved carrier and current vaccination information and they need their own ticket....

SO I say ....DRIVE lol

December 6th, 2003, 09:10 PM
haha, yes. that sounds like a WONDERFUL idea...

i think we'll be heading down to the used car lot to exchange our Sunfire for a van...

wonder what the hubby would say about that... LOL

;) :p

December 6th, 2003, 10:59 PM
Good idear wAggie

Could help incase u move too ;)

Honey and Chocolate would love a van


December 7th, 2003, 03:18 PM
yeeeeeah ;)