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 "Q&A: rules for pet travel and pet passports" produced by FVE, the EU Commission and FECAVA.
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/
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/