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Entry requirements for cats in other countries

No matter which country you want to take your velvet paw to, you must comply with the entry requirements for cats. Depending on the country of destination, these can vary greatly. Here is a brief overview of various regulations: Image: Shutterstock / Jiri Sebesta

What vaccinations does your cat need and is there a labeling requirement in the target country? You should clarify this and more before you explore the world with your velvet paw. Depending on the mode of transport chosen, certain precautions must also be taken: Are you traveling by plane or by car? In any case, ensure sufficient safety while driving and prepare your cat for the stressful experience in good time in order to travel more relaxed.

Travel within the European Union

The entry requirements for cats have been standardized in all EU countries since 2003. The most important prerequisite for your velvet paw to travel abroad is a valid rabies vaccination. Check with your veterinarian in good time about when the vaccination needs to be done to be recognized. The veterinarian is also the right contact to find out about possible travel sicknesses.

: Together with your veterinarian, put together a first-aid kit tailored to your velvet paw and the target country.

Furthermore, your cat must be clearly identifiable - either by a tattoo or by a microchip under the skin. If your cat is not yet marked, a microchip is required. A tattoo has not been sufficient since July 3, 2011. However, tattoos made before this date remain valid. You must also have an EU pet passport. This is issued by the veterinarian and includes, among other things, the exact registration of the animal.

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Entry requirements for cats outside the EU

For the non-member states of the EU, individual entry requirements for cats apply, which cannot be summarized uniformly. For example, veterinary health or vaccination certificates often have to be presented; usually the number of animals that you are allowed to import into the country is also limited. Contact the consulate or embassy of the respective country to find out the exact entry requirements for cats.

Plan a return trip with a cat from a third country

Also keep in mind that the return trip to Germany from a third country is a lot more complex. For example, a blood test needs to be done in an EU-approved laboratory three months before re-entry to confirm your cat's health. You should also inform yourself about this in detail, preferably at the Federal Foreign Office.

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