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What rules apply when travelling with your pet?

Regulations about travelling with your pet have been standardized throughout the European Union. There are formalities to be taken into account for all kinds of pets:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Ferrets
  • Birds
  • Rodents
  • Lagomorphs
  • Salamanders

Whatever country you plan to take your pet to, it is very important to read the useful information on the website of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment: / voyager-avec-des-animaux.

If you enter the European Union with your pet from a country outside the European Union, you must present your pet to the customs authorities at the point of entry for travellers, for verification of the EU passport and/or health document of the animal, any proof of vaccination, written declaration of the owner, ...

When travelling with dogs, cats and ferrets, the following proof is required:

  • identity of the animal (EU passport)
  • valid rabies vaccination

When travelling with birds, the following proof is required:

  • identity of the pet.

The proof of identity of other animals is also required, in addition to possible other formalities. 

At all times, Customs can check the passport and the mandatory vaccinations of your pets.