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					                                                                           IP/04/724

                                                               Brussels, 9 June 2004




Travelling with pets: Commission offers summer
holiday solution despite Member State delays

Agreement was reached today on a temporary solution to ensure the smooth
movement of pets throughout the EU this summer. New EU-wide rules
introducing a “pet passport” were agreed last November (see IP/03/1617) in
order to simplify travelling with pets. However, most Member States are not
ready to implement this new system by the agreed deadline of 3 July this
year. In particular, the distribution of the passports to veterinarians is
proving problematic. To avoid the risk of travel being disrupted during the
busy summer season, the European Commission has offered a flexible
solution to ensure that pets will have the necessary documents for travel.
From 3 July 2004, all Member States will have to allow the entry of pets
complying with the new rules. As a transitional measure until 1 October 2004,
the entry of pets complying with existing national rules will also be allowed.
These transitional measures also apply for pets coming from outside the EU.

David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said: “I regret that
most Member States are unable to fulfil their commitment to put the new system in
place by 3 July. However, in light of the current situation, I am happy that we found a
temporary solution to ensure that Europeans will be able to bring their pets along on
their holidays this summer. After all, pet owners should not suffer because national
authorities fail to implement commonly agreed legislation in a timely manner.”
While the new system will come into force on 3 July, today’s decision allows the
existing system to operate in parallel until 1 October, when it will cease. The new
simplified system means that for movements of cats, dogs and ferrets between EU
Member States other than Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, valid rabies
vaccination will be the only requirement for travel. Pet owners must simply contact
their veterinarian to get their pet vaccinated and the veterinarian to update the
passport with the details of the vaccination. An electronic microchip (transponder) -
to be introduced over the next eight years by the Member States - will allow for easy
identification of the animals, connecting the pet to the passport. During this
transitional period of 8 years, a tattoo will also be allowed as a way to identify the
animal, except for the UK and Ireland which already now require the transponder.
Young pets which cannot be vaccinated yet may be allowed to travel without
vaccination. For the entry of animals into Ireland, Sweden or the United Kingdom,
antibody titration (a test to see if the vaccine has been effective) will need to be
carried out after the vaccination (sample taken at least six months before the
movement as regards UK and Ireland, for Sweden sample taken at least 120 days
after the vaccination).
Pets entering the EU from non-EU countries
The pet passport is essentially only used for pets travelling between Member States
of the European Union. However, you can also use the pet passport if you are
travelling to or from one of the neighbouring countries where the rabies status
matches that of the EU. This includes: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco,
Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State.
For pets entering the EU from another country, there are two different possibilities:
For non-EU countries free of rabies, or where the disease is under control (see list:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/list_third_en.htm),          rabies
vaccination will be the only requirement (except for Ireland, Sweden and the United
Kingdom requiring a test six months after vaccination). Pet owners bringing pets
from these countries can use a simple health certificate (filled in by their veterinarian)
certifying rabies vaccination.
For countries not appearing on the above list, rabies may be endemic among
domestic animals and therefore vaccination and testing will be required three months
before entering EU Member States other than Ireland, Sweden and the United
Kingdom, where quarantine will be required.


Beate GMINDER:      02/296.56.94
Johan REYNIERS:     02/295.67.28
Thorsten MUENCH:    02/296.10.63
Catherine BUNYAN:   02/299.65.12




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       RULES IN FORCE FROM THE 3 JULY TO THE 1 OCTOBER

Movements between Member States
  To a Member State OTHER than the UK, Ireland and Sweden: shall be
  allowed entry of:
  - Animals in strict compliance with the new Regulation (with a Passport attesting
  valid rabies vaccination)

  or until the 1 October
  - Animals accompanied by the veterinary certificate which used to be required
  by national authorities before the 3 July

  To the UK, Ireland and Sweden: shall be allowed entry of
  - Animals strictly in compliance with the new Regulation: with a Passport
  attesting a valid vaccination and a test, tick and echinococcus treatments
  (national rules apply for the type of identification and the timing of the treatments
  before the movement and the test for rabies: sample taken at least 6 months
  before the movement for UK and Ireland, sample taken 120 days after the
  vaccination for Sweden).

  or until the 1 October
  - Animals accompanied with the certificate (rabies vaccination and test, tick and
  echinicoccus treatment) which used to be required under the national rules in
  force before the 3 July).

Movements from non-EU third countries
  A. Rules applying to movements between Member States also apply to
  movements from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San
  Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State

  B. From the following third countries with a favourable situation regarding
  rabies:
  Ascension Island, Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles, Australia, Aruba,
  Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Fiji, Falkland Islands, French
  Polynesia, Jamaica, Japan, Cayman Islands, Mayotte, Montserrat, Mauritius,
  New Caledonia, New Zealand, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Pierre
  et Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, United States of
  America, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

  To a Member State OTHER than UK, IRL and Sweden: shall be allowed
  entry of
  - Animals accompanied by the health certificate of the model established in
  Decision 2004/203/EC attesting a valid rabies vaccination. This certificate can
  be                                downloaded                                 at:
  http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_third_en.htm

  or until the 1 October
  - Animals accompanied by the veterinary certificate which used to be required
  under national rules in force before the 3 July




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  To the UK, Ireland and Sweden: shall be allowed entry of
  - Animals accompanied by the health certificate of the model established in
  Decision 2004/203/EC attesting a valid rabies vaccination and a test, tick and
  echinococcus treatments (national rules apply for the type of identification and
  the timing of the treatments before the movement and the test for rabies:
  sample taken at least 6 months before the movement for UK and Ireland,
  sample taken 120 days after the vaccination for Sweden). This certificate can be
  downloaded                                                                    at:
  http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_third_en.htm

  or until the 1 October
  - Animals accompanied by the veterinary certificate (rabies vaccination and test,
  tick and echinicoccus treatment) which used to be required under the national
  rules in force before the 3 July.

  C. From other third countries not listed above

  To a Member State OTHER than UK, IRL and Sweden: shall be allowed
  entry of
  - Animals accompanied by the health certificate of the model established in
  Decision 2004/203/EC attesting a valid rabies vaccination and a test 3 months
  before the movement. This certificate can be downloaded at:
  http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_third_en.htm

  Or until the 1 October
  - Animals accompanied by the veterinary certificate which used to be required
  under national rules in force before the 3 July.


Please note that the UK, Ireland and Sweden do not allow the direct entry of
animals coming from these third countries and animals will be put in
quarantine
Please note that the list of countries with a favourable situation regarding
rabies may be amended. For the most recent information, please consult this
website:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/list_third_en.htm




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