A pet passport is a certificate created to allow animals to travel across state or country borders without having to go into quarantine.
The typical pet passport will include primary information about your pet, which often includes a photograph, description of the pet, and information (name, contact info…) about the owner. It can also consist of details about the pet’s microchip or identification tattoo; as to these identifications are necessary for pets applying for pet passports. Pet passports also contain proof of rabies immunization and blood tests to validate the presence of rabies antibodies. This information is typically located on the Health Certificate which is issued and signed by a vet.
In short…a pet passport simplifies and speeds up the process of traveling with your pet.
Why is a Pet Passport important?
A pet passport is such a significant part of traveling with your pet because it enables pet owners to assemble all required and important information about your pet into one place…your pet passport! Having such important information in one place makes it easier for airport officials to confirm your pet’s health and vaccination records.
Creating a Pet Passport of your own
Your veterinarian can assist you in creating a pet passport for your pet to travel to most countries in the world.
US residents traveling to cities within the US will be required to have the following:
- Pet certificate of good health. This certificate typically consists of proof of rabies immunization and blood tests to validate the presence of rabies antibodies.
US residents visiting majority of the European Union countries will be required to have the following:
- EU Form 998 from the country you will be traveling to (each country’s form is different) which should be completed by your vet and certified by the State USDA veterinarian as well.
- The pet’s immunization record which need to be attached to the certified EU Form 998.
If you are traveling to a United Kingdom country (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Sweden, or Norway, there will two additional documents that will create your pet passport:
- Results of the pet’s blood titer test
- Enchinococcus treatment form (this is a ticks/tapeworm treatment)
Most other countries
The same rules essentially apply most countries in the world, although the rules are varied greatly from country to country. People traveling with pets MUST have a Health Certificate for their pet.
How to avoid quarantine
Avoiding quarantine or delays are the border while traveling with a pet is made much easier when you have your Pet Passport complete with up to date and accurate information for the destination of your trip.
Our travel documents page has the regulations for taking your pet to various countries around the globe. Necessary forms can be found here.
We supply pet immigration documents for the following countries:
Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Serbia (for stays longer than one month)Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and The United Kingdom.
Please send all questions regarding Pet Passports to firstname.lastname@example.org