The passport for dogs and cats



The Regulation CE No 998/2003 (and subsequent amendment of 30 March 2004) of the European Union stipulates that dogs, cats and ferrets travelling in the countries of the European Union must have a passport. In fact, the European Union must have a passport. The identification document, issued by the ASL, has been mandatory since 1 October 2004. The ASL has issued an ID.

To verify that the passport belongs to that particular dog or cat, the ASL, before issuing it, must verify that there is the “indicative microchip” that is “injected” under the skin of the animal by authorized veterinarians, in a part of the body that will then be specified on the passport (example: right shoulder, left neck etc.) together with the microchip number.

The passport is necessary to protect against health risks and must contain the personal data of the animal owner, must certify any vaccinations made to the animal and mandatory vaccination against rabies carried out at least twenty-one days before departure. In the case of Great Britain, Ireland and Sweden, an immunological test will also be required to verify rabies antibodies to be carried out within the time required by each country.

Twenty-four hours before departure, the veterinarian shall certify, by stamping the passport, that the animal is in good health for the journey.

The European Animal Passport replaces all their health cards: all vaccinations and recalls will be reported in the dedicated sections of the Passport.

It is only possible to have an active vaccine, even if you already have a passport.

  • If you have applied for your Passport before having your pet vaccinated, you must bring your Passport with you to the veterinarian when you have it vaccinated, so that the first box of the section dedicated to the prevention of rabies can be filled in: the date of inoculation of the vaccine will be noted and the sticker with the batch number of the vaccine will be applied in the appropriate space. The veterinarian will sign and affix his stamp.
  • In the event that you have your dog or cat vaccinated before applying for a Passport, bring the health card containing the data of the last vaccine (if carried out less than a year). In some regions, such as Lombardy, a real certificate is issued stating that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. At the ASL will be reported the data of the last vaccine on the Passport. Keep the health book for a year, as a precaution.
    If 21 days have passed since the vaccine, you can immediately travel abroad.