With the issue of the EC-regulation 998/2003 from 26.5.2003
many things have been changed:
- When you travel with your cat in the EC
- When you travel with your cat into a non-EC-country
and want to come back into the EC
- When you want to import a cat into the EC.
In this EC-regulation the countries are divided into:
- There are special rules valid for Sweden, Ireland, Malta
and England - part A of the annex
- All other member countries - part B section 1 of the
Countries, with whom a special agreement is valid - part B
section 2 of the annex:|
Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Monaco. Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican
Countries, which fulfill the conditions of §10 of the EC-regulation and
recognize those conditions - part C of the annex|
other countries not listed in the annex - there are other regulations
The annex of this EC-regulation (list of countries) is
regulated in the EC-regulation 1467/2006 from 4.10.2006.
When traveling within the EC - please note the special
regulations of the antibody titer-test for rabies in Sweden, Ireland, Malta and
England! - cats need to have a:
When traveling to the EC from a country listed in part B
section 2 and in part C cats also need a
See §3b and §17 sentence 2 of the EC -regulation, and see
the EC-regulation 803/2003 about the pet passport. The regulation 803/2003
also includes pictures, how the pet passport must look like.
Each cat crossing the border must have such a pet passport as
it is described in regulated in the regulation 803/2003 !
This pet passport is not for free, in Germany for example one has to pay 15.-
See §4 of the EC-regulation 998/2003.
That means, each cat crossing the border -
regardless which vehicle is used, regardless from which country the
cat enters - must have an identification, which is usually a
There is a special regulation - having a tattoo
instead of a microchip - which is valid for France until 2011.
Please think twice, if you import now a cat from France it must be
microchipped latest until 2011!
The microchip (= transponder as it is called in
the regulation) must be conform to the ISO-norm 11784 or to annex A
of the ISO-norm 11785.
That means, if there is used a microchip not being conform to these
ISO-norms - be careful when importing a cat from America - you must
supply the reading device by your own, which is able to read the
microchip, when you want to cross the border into the EC!
If your cat comes from a country listed in the
annex part C or in the annex part B section 2 (see regulation
1497/2006) the cat need additionally to have a
The form for the health certificate is regulated
very detailed in the EC-regulation 824/2004.
Also for this health certificate you have to pay!
Pay attention to the date of issue, which shall
not be older than 1-2 days. This time frame is not listed in the
health certificate, but is commonly practiced by the official
Be careful when you come with or import cats into the
- Ireland, Sweden, Malta and England:
There is needed a antibody titer-test for rabies (serologic test),
whose date must be 3 months before you come to the EC.
This special rule is valid until 3.7.2008!
This serologic test is only recognized when done by a laboratory
authorized and approved by the EC!
- Pay attention when you want to enter Finland:
The cat must have a treatment (resp. vaccination) against ticks and ringworm, which must
be certified on the health certificate.