Laws Abroad: Get the Right Information

A few years ago, when it came to traveling with the dog, the laws abroad involved a lot of red tape. At least in the EU that is over. However, it is not entirely without preparation. Image: Shutterstock / Pressmaster

While there is the possibility to accommodate your dog with friends or in a pet boarding house during the vacation, it is nicer if he can go with you. Actually a relatively unproblematic wish, especially if it is supposed to be a trip through Europe. However, there are certain requirements that you have to meet when crossing the borders. Some countries have individual requirements that must be observed.

Traveling with a dog abroad in the EU has become easier

Your best friend simply comes with you: to the holiday home by the sea or for hiking in the mountains. This is no longer a problem within the EU. The proof of a rabies vaccination is now largely sufficient to fiddle with your four-legged friend across Europe. The first vaccination must have been carried out at least 21 days before the border.

The vaccination is noted in the blue EU pet passport, which you must carry with you anyway if you want to travel with your four-legged journeyman to another country. This passport is issued by the veterinarian and must be clearly assigned to the respective four-legged friend. This was done until 2011 with the help of a tattoo. The insertion of a microchip is now mandatory.

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Laws abroad vary nonetheless

However, the same guidelines do not apply in every country. For example, when traveling to Finland and Malta, proof of previous tapeworm treatment is still required. Blood tests are also common in many European countries. In addition, you should also think about your dog's breed. The entry of certain fighting dog breeds is prohibited in the following countries:

● France
● Great Britain
● Denmark
● Malta
● Norway
● Hungary

There are also laws abroad that require a leash and sometimes a muzzle. You should therefore inform yourself early on about the laws abroad and any country-specific features. This is especially true for countries outside the EU. Then the entry with the dog works and the vacation can begin.

Health certificate necessary for vacation with dog?

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Russia and Turkey, an official veterinary health certificate must be presented, which must not be older than ten days. The laws also state that these provisions apply even if you are only in transit through these countries. If possible, the health certificate should be issued in English or the corresponding national language, and for Russia it must also be notarized.

Transport of animals in the car

Since animals are considered cargo according to the road traffic regulations, they must be secured accordingly. Otherwise there is a risk of fines between 30 and 60 euros. A partition grille between the luggage compartment and the passenger compartment, special dog belts for the rear seat or a box are suitable for safe transport. This should be covered with an absorbent mat if something goes wrong.

Tip: Practice safe driving with your fur nose in advance so that the journey is relaxed for everyone.