I. Travelling with dogs, cats and ferrets from the Czech Republic to the EU Member States


For travelling with dogs, cats and ferrets from the Czech Republic to the EU Member States the following requirements must be met:


1. Identification of animals

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be identified by implanting of a transponder (microchip). The identification shall be performed by the private veterinarian. Only transponders (microchips) complying with the ISO standards for microchips and reading devices – ISO 11784 and ISO 11785 can be used for the identification. Where the transponder does not comply with these requirements, the owner or the authorised person must provide the means necessary for reading that transponder at any check.

The identification of animals using tattoos is recognised only when the tattoo is clearly readable and was demonstrably done before 3rd July 2011.

Animals must be identified prior to the anti-rabies vaccination and issuance of the passport.


2. Pet passport

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied by the pet passport (hereinafter referred to as the “passport”).The passport is a unified document which is valid in all Member States of the European Union. Each passport bears a code of the country (CZ for the Czech Republic) and a serial number.

The owner can obtain the passport from the authorised veterinarian – a private veterinarian authorised and registered for the issuance of the passports by the Regional Veterinary Administration who obtained the “Document on the authorisation and registration”. Conditions required for the authorisation are indicated in the application for the authorisation.

Passport for the Czech Republic, the model of which is published in Decree No 610/2004, can be issued to the owners only by 28 December 2014. After that date, the passport pursuant to this model cannot be issued by the private veterinarians; however, the passport issued before that day shall still be valid.

From 29 December 2014, the private veterinarians must issue for dogs, cats and ferrets, only the passports complying with the new model included in Decree No 313/2004.

Subjects producing the passports and distributing them to the authorised private veterinarians.


3. Anti-rabies vaccination

Dogs, cats and ferrets over twelve weeks of age must receive anti-rabies vaccination. The vaccination is performed by the private veterinarian in accordance with the vaccination protocol of the vaccine concerned.

The anti-rabies vaccination must be performed using an inactivated vaccine of at least one international antigenic unit per dose (WHO standard) or a recombinant vaccine.

For the purposes of travelling with pets, an anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid:

a. 21 days from the date of completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for the primary vaccination,

b. from the date of re-vaccination where the vaccine is administered within the period of validity indicated by the manufacturer of a previous vaccination. However, such re-vaccination shall be considered as a primary vaccination in the absence of animal health certificate attesting the previous vaccination.

The list of vaccines against rabies approved in the Czech Republic


4. Anti-Echinococcus treatment (dehelminthisation)

Prior to the entry to the territory of the Ireland, Malta and Finland, dogs must be treated against Echinococcus multilocularis.

Anti-Echinococcus treatment of dogs, i.e. the treatment against the parasite Echinococcus multilocularis, must be performed by the private veterinarian within 120-24 hours prior to the entry to the territory of the mentioned states and indicated in the pet passport.

The date and time of the treatment, the name of the product used and of its manufacturer must be recorded in the passport. Praziquantel shall be the active substance of the preparations used.


5. Travelling with young animals which have not received anti-rabies vaccination from the Czech Republic to other Member States

Member States may grant derogation from compulsory anti-rabies vaccination to young dogs, cats and ferrets which are under 12 weeks of age and which have not received an anti-rabies vaccination, provided that they are accompanied by the pet passport and have not had any contact with wild animals or are accompanied by their mother on whom they still depend.

Furthermore, the Member States may authorise travelling with young dogs, cats and ferrets of the age between 12-16 weeks which have already received an anti-rabies vaccination but the vaccination is not valid yet.

Information of the conditions of travelling with young dogs, cats and ferrets can be found on the official website of the European Commission.


6. Note

At the trade in dogs, cats and ferrets, the animals must also be accompanied by the animal health certificate issued by the official veterinarian, and by an attestation of the private veterinarian, stating that a clinical examination has been performed within 48 hours before the movement and the animals have been in a good state of health and fit for the transport to the place of destination.

These requirements for trade must be fulfilled also at the non-commercial movement if:
– the owner or the authorised person travels with more than five animals which are not registered either to participate in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or in training for such events;
– the pet animal is at the non-commercial movement not accompanied by the owner or the authorised person (i.e. the animal travels “alone”).

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