Obligations for travelling with your pet
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Does your pet not want to be away from you, and you don’t want to be away from them? Then take them with you wherever you go. It’s nice and easy, you only have to follow these steps.
If your pet is a dog, cat or ferret the first step is making sure they are identified with a microchip and a passport. There must be an up-to-date rabies vaccination in the passport if the animal is over 12 weeks old.
If you want to travel to countries in the European Union or associated countries, your pet must always have a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before travelling unless it is a booster. If your pet is a dog, they must be treated against Echinococcus spp. between 1 and 5 days before your arrival if your destination is the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Finland or Norway. Both the rabies vaccination and the Echinococcus spp. treatment must be correctly signed and stamped in the animal’s passport, as well as having their microchip read to ensure it is correct.
If we want to travel to a non-EU country, the best thing to do is get in touch with the embassy of said country, or check the CEXGAN website (only available in spanish), to get specific information on the legislation of the destination country, but as a general rule the animal will need an official certificate of rabies antibodies. This blood test is performed no earlier than 30 days after the latest rabies vaccination and they then cannot travel for 3 months after receiving a positive result (above 0.5UI/ml). This blood test will remain valid indefinitely as long as the animal’s rabies vaccination never lapses. Some countries may also require an official health certificate, which has a maximum validity of 10 days.
Once you have everything ready, all that’s left if the most important thing: enjoy your trip!