Travelling with your dog

CCR Egypt 2005

green_arrow Travel requirements: Non-commercial or commercial movement?

Before travelling with your dog(s), it is important to determine whether your movement is considered to be "commercial" or "non-commercial" under EU legislation, in order to know if you have to respect the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on non-commercial movement, or the requirements of Directive 2013/31/EU on commercial movement. The EU definition of "non-commercial" movement can be a bit confusing.

According to Regulation 576/2013 (in force since December 2014), "‘non-commercial movement’ means any movement which does not have as its aim either the sale of or the transfer of ownership of a pet animal". Moreover, any movement of more than five dogs (unless the dogs are older than 6 months) is not considered "non-commercial".

To summarise, your movement will be commercial if:

·         you are travelling with more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets aged less than 6 months

·         you are travelling with your dog(s) for the purpose of selling them

·         you are travelling with dogs belonging to an organisation (such as a shelter or a rescue organisation)

·         you are travelling with dogs with the aim of giving them up for adoption

 

On the other hand, your movement will be non-commercial if:

·         you are travelling with fewer than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets (or more if older than 6 months)

·         you as "physical person" are the owner of the animals

·         you are travelling with no aim of selling them

·         you are travelling with no aim of giving them up for adoption

 

The "non-commercial" movement requirements

1.     The official EU Pet Passport

2.     A valid rabies vaccination (some derogations exist in some countries. These derogations are available on http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nat_rules_dogscatferret_en.htm)

3.     An identification of the animal by a microchip (transponder) or a tattoo

4.     During the transport, dogs have to be watered every 8 hours and fed every 24 hours

 

The "commercial" movement requirements

1.     Dogs must be aged more than 8 weeks, otherwise they have to be accompanied by their mother

2.     The official EU Pet Passport

3.     A valid rabies vaccination (some derogations exist in some countries. These derogations are available on http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nat_rules_dogscatferret_en.htm)

4.     An identification of the animal by a microchip (transponder) or a tattoo

5.     A veterinary certificate of less than 48 hours for each animal transported

6.     The movement has to be recorded in the TRACES system (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco/traces/)

7.     During the transport, dogs have to be watered every 8 hours and fed every 24 hours

 

The new rules have been explained in an FAQ document produced by FVE, the EU Commission and FECAVA: http://www.fve.org/uploads/publications/docs/044_questions_and_answers_re_new_pet_passport_regulation_0210.pdf

 

green_arrow Holidays with your dog(s)

Europe: This website gives you summarised information on the requirements for travelling with your dog in several EU Countries. It also includes a list of "dog-friendly" hotels, beaches and campsites: http://www.vacanza-con-cane.it/en/

Austria: This website provides a list of hotels that accept dogs: http://www.hunde-hotels.com/sterreich-at.html

France: This website provides an up-to-date map of "dog-friendly" holiday locations (hotels, restaurants, beaches, parks, etc.): http://www.30millionsdamis.fr/conseils/en-vacances/

Germany: This website provides a list of hotels that accept dogs: http://www.hunde-hotels.de/

This website provides advices for travelling with your dogs in Germany and other european countries: http://www.meinurlaub-mit-hund.com

Spain: This website provides advices to travel with your dog in Spain and a booking services to pet friendly hotels: http://www.viajarconperros.es/

 

 

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