Obligatory for EU trips: microchip for your dog

Even if the microchip for labeling dogs is not yet a must across Germany - it has been mandatory on EU trips since 2011. Only dogs with a microchip can travel abroad in Europe - Image: Shutterstock / Igor Normann

Dogs have had to be microchipped since July 3, 2011 when traveling to the EU. Animals with a tattoo for identification may be exempt from this rule.

Microchip when traveling: which dog needs it?

Older dogs, in particular, often still have tattoos that the veterinarian has stung into their ear or, more rarely, under the belly for identification. With the EU regulation that came into force in 2011, these are actually no longer sufficient for identification.

Animals that were born before July 3, 2011 and have a tattoo may also be able to travel to other European countries without a microchip. However, the tattoo must be legible beyond doubt and at the same time the owner must provide written proof that the animal was tattooed before July 3, 2011. All animals that were born after July 3rd, 2011 need a microchip in order to be able to cross the borders of the EU countries. Very important: In addition to a microchip, border checks must also show the EU pet passport.

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Advantages of labeling with the microchip

The microchip in dogs does not only have some advantages when traveling in the EU, but in principle. Because the identification enables the animal to be clearly identified. If your dog runs away, a microchip significantly increases the chances of being referred back to you. Because you are dependent on the cooperation of the respective border official when traveling with a tattooed dog, labeling with the microchip is also recommended if your four-legged friend already has a tattoo. Inserting the microchip is very straightforward: the chip is injected by a veterinarian into the neck of the dog. With around 30 to 40 euros, the procedure is also inexpensive.