PET TRAVEL SCHEME

When does the 'Pet Travel Scheme' apply?


The 'Pet Travel Scheme' applies to dogs, cats and ferrets travelling within the EU.




What are the requirements of the 'Pet Travel Scheme'?


The 'Pet Travel Scheme' is simple to follow. However, mistakes can be made along the way which can cause complications at the destination airport. To comply with the 'Pet Travel Scheme', you will need to take care of the following requirements:

  1. Each pet must have an E.U pet passport which is easily obtainable from your local veterinarian.
  2. Each pet must be fitted with a microchip with the chip number and date of insertion recorded in the pet passport.
  3. A current rabies vaccine must be in place for all pets travelling within the E.U. The date of the vaccine along with vet’s signature/stamp must be documented in the pet passport.
  4. Please note:
    • All animals must be at least 12 weeks old before a rabies vaccine is given.
    • A minimum period of 21 days must elapse between your pet’s last Rabies vaccine and the date of their flight
    • All animals travelling around the E.U must be at least 15 weeks of age
  5. Certain EU countries require that a tapeworm treatment is given to dogs between 1-5 days before entry into the destination country. Your dog will need to visit your vet for the tapeworm treatment and this should be documented in the pet passport.




Are there any other requirements for travel within the EU?


In addition to the requirements of the 'Pet Travel Scheme', if your pet is flying, it is compulsory that you obtain a clinical examination for your pet. Most airlines vary although this is usually required within 7 days of the flight. Please check with your agent or airline in question.




What happens during the clinical examination?


Your vet will check your pet over for any signs of breathing problems or any other conditions that could be exacerbated from the stress or pressure of air travel. If they are happy, they will date, sign and stamp the clinical examination page of the pet passport. Alternatively, they can produce a separate certificate to confirm the same.




How do I ensure that my Pet Passport is correct?


Your vet should be fully aware of the 'Pet Travel Scheme' rules. However, they are only human and mistakes can be made which may lead into quarantine for your pet or costs to pay at your destination. Here are a few tips to look out for on your pet's passport:

  • The 'Pet Travel Scheme' was updated on 29/12/2014. Any passports issued after this date, should be the new style passport. The best way to determine whether it's a new passport, is to check whether it has laminate strips inside which are used to cover certain pages or vaccination labels inserted on the passport. If unsure, you should speak to your vet or pet travel agent.
  • The microchip insertion or reading date should be either on the same day or before the rabies vaccination has been administered.
  • The rabies vaccination should include 3 dates:
    1. The date the rabies vaccination was administered.
    2. The date the rabies vaccination is valid from. This is 21 days after date 1.
    3. The date the vaccination expires.
  • Where a tapeworm treatment is required, your vet will need to ensure that the treatment:
    • is approved for use in the country it’s being given in
    • contains praziquantel or an equivalent proven to be effective against the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm.
  • Ensure that your pet's full date of birth is entered in the pet's details page.
  • Ensure that ownership details of the passport are filled and all areas which are starred including the signature is completed.
  • The vet should fully complete the 'issuing page' of the passport and ensure that this is stamp and signed.
  • Certain areas of the passport require the vet's stamp to include at least their name, address & telephone number. This can often be missed leading to penalties in the final destination.
  • There should be no tip-ex used in the passport. This may invalidate the passport and lead to issues in the final destination.





TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF THE EU

What are the requirements when my pets are flying outside of the EU?


The requirements differ depending on which country you are travelling to. Most jurisdictions require that a rabies vaccination is given, where as some will require other vaccinations and blood tests to be completed. Please check with you agent who should be able to advise further.




How do I find out the requirements for the destination I am travelling to?


You will need to speak to your pet travel agent who will advise you of the requirements. In some cases, you will also need to use an agent in your final destination. We are fully experienced in flying pets to several destinations worldwide. No matter where your final destination is, you can be rest assured that we will ensure your pet's travel plans run smoothly!




My agent mentioned customs export clearance, what is this?


When pets are flying outside of the EU, you will need customs export clearance. We will obtain a 'Movement Reference Number' (MRN) from the Cyprus customs department on your behalf. The pets will not be allowed to leave Cyprus until customs release them.





OTHER

What should my pet(s) travel in when flying?


You will need to ensure that your pet travels in an airline compliant travel crate that meets the requirements of the 'Live Animal Regulations'. Crates can be purchased directly from us at discounted prices or via your local vet or pet shop. You will need to ensure that you select the crate size suitable for your own individual pet! It can be a long day for them in their travel crates, so they must be comfortable and have adequate room. Be sure to check out our measuring guide for further details!




Can my pet(s) travel in the cabin with me?


When flying your pets as cargo, they will be required to travel in the hold of the aircraft and not in the cabin. When travelling to certain destinations, you may be able to book your pet as excess baggage and in certain cases, small pets may be able to travel in the cabin with you. Each airline has its own policy and you will need to contact them directly. Please note that all pets entering certain countries, must fly as manifested cargo. Below is a list of some common destinations where this is the case: Australia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.




My pets are nervous, can I sedate them?


Sedating animals during pet travel is generally restricted as it can be harmful to their health. An animal under sedation has much lower blood pressure which becomes even lower when placed in the hold of an aircraft. Any complications or health issues would not be detected until the plane had landed. Any animal found to be under sedation upon check in, will not be allowed to fly. Instead, there are natural alternatives that can be used or other ways to reduce stress during travel.




What can I do to make my pet's journey less stressful?


We recommend using natural anti-anxiety products such as Adaptil (dogs) or Feliaway (cats) which can assist to keep your pets calm during their journey. We stock a full range, which we are happy to talk you through. In addition, any crate training you do prior to the flight will greatly encourage your pet to feel at ease in their crate on the big day. Try leaving their travel crate around the house for some time before they fly. This way your pets will become familiar with it being in their environment. Overtime you can remove their usual bed and encourage them to use the crate as a bed.




What happens when my pet arrives at the final destination?


As an example, pets travelling to Larnaca, Cyprus will be taken from the plane and transported to the Custom’s warehouse situated at the old airport terminal. Here, they will undergo several checks before being released. Owners will be required to pick up a release note from the handling agents first before making their way to the custom's warehouse. Remember, the person responsible for collecting the pets must bring some form of ID to collect them. Other countries have similar processes and Easypet Exports will ensure you are fully guided as to where you need to go to pick up your pets on their arrival!




So where do I start?


Contact Cyprus' number one pet relocation service today to discuss your proposed travel plans. One of the team will guide you through your flight options; travel crate requirements, veterinary requirements and all the costs involved! Choose Easypet Exports for stress free pet travel!




What can I add in my pet's travel crate?


You can add a blanket or towel in your pet's travel crate or even a small bed to ensure your pet is comfortable during their travels. It is advisory to use something with a familiar scent of both the pet and owner. It is not recommended to add any toys in the crate although this is sometimes allowed. Do make sure you speak to us should you wish to add anything else in the crate.





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Moving country can be stressful, especially when you also need to make arrangements to take your furry or feathery family members with you!

All dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to or from Cyprus and the EU will need to meet the requirements of the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Other rules will apply for different pets.

Listed below are a few FAQs to help you on your way:

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