Veterinary Requirements on Travelling with Pets
This information is applicable to those who will be traveling with their pets or will be importing animals to the Czech Republic either from the USA or Canada. I. VETERINARY REQUIREMENT FOR TRAVELLING WITH DOGS, CATS OR FERRETS As of October 1, 2004, the following is required for traveling with
This information is applicable to those who will be traveling with their pets or will be importing animals to the Czech Republic either from the USA or Canada.
I. VETERINARY REQUIREMENT FOR TRAVELLING WITH DOGS, CATS OR FERRETS
As of October 1, 2004, the following is required for traveling with dogs, cats or ferrets to the Czech Republic:
1. Completed Veterinary Certificate signed by a veterinary doctor. The sample Veterinary Certificate provided here is not mandatory. However, any other form or document, provided by your veterinarian, must contain the information listed bellow:
· A. Country of Dispatch of the animal
· B. Owner/responsible person accompanying the animal
· - Name
· - Address
· - Country
· - Telephone number
· C. Description of the animal
· - Species
· - Breed
· - Sex
· - Date of birth
· - Coat (color and type)
· D. Identification of the animal
· - Microchip number / tattoo number
· - Location of microchip / tattoo
· - Date of microchipping / tattooing
· E. Rabies Vaccination
· - Manufacturer and name of vaccine
· - Batch number
· - Date of the vaccination
· - Expiration date of the vaccine
- Once signed by the veterinarian or
endorsement by the competent authority, the certificate is
valid for four months, or until the expiration
date of the vaccination, whichever comes first.
- The United States and Canada are both
included in Annex II EC regulation 998/2003 (odkaz), which means
that both countries are considered low risk regions for rabies.
Therefore no rabies serological test is required.
- As of October 1, 2004, the rabies vaccination does not have to be administered at least 30 days prior to entry into the Czech Republic. The rabies shot will have to be repeated either annually or every two years in accordance with the type of vaccine used.
- Dogs, cats and ferrets less then 12 weeks old are permitted to travel to the Czech Republic without prior inoculation against rabies (however the pet does need the chip or tattoo). In addition, the animal must travel with a statement from a veterinary doctor, which declares that the animal resided at the birthplace until travel date and has not been in contact with any animals possibly infected with rabies. Please be aware that other EU member countries might have different rules regarding the import of pets younger then 3 months of age. If you intend on traveling to another European country with your young pet, you will have to contact the Embassy representatives of that particular country to find out if additional requirements apply.
- For travel to the Czech Republic with your dog, cat, or
ferret, a tick treatment or an echinococcus treatment is not
Identification - tattoo or microchip. If your pet will be
identified through a microchip, please be aware that the microchip
must meet the ISO standard (
International Organization for
Standardization) Annex A, 2.1, ISO # 11785. For your
information, the HomeAgain microchip from AKC Companion Animal
Recovery, which is manufactured in compliance with Annex A, 2.1,
ISO # 11785 meets the requirements. If microchip does not meet the
ISO standards than you have to keep an applicable microchip reading
device at the time of crossing borders to the Czech Republic.
II. VETERINARY REQUIREMENT FOR TRAVELLING WITH PETS OTHER THAN DOGS, CATS OR FERRETS
Pets other than dogs, cats and ferrets can enter Czech Republic with a health certificate issued by your local veterinarian, unless the species of subspecies is listed under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) or the US Endangered Species Act, This health certificate cannot be older then 10 days upon arrival to the Czech Republic.
If your animal is listed under CITES or under the US Endangered
Species Act special requirements apply. For more information on
CITES see the CITES website of the
US Fish and Wildlife
III. VETERINARY REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPORT OF ANIMALS TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Any dog, cat or ferret traveling alone is considered commercial
trade, and is subject to an additional requirement:
- commercial animals and pets traveling unaccompanied must have been clinically examined by a USDA certified veterinarian within 24 hours before departure to the Czech Republic and must travel with a Veterinary Certificate which states the date and time of the examination.
If your pet is considered commercial trade, a veterinarian in the Czech Republic will examine it after the arrival.
Pets under 3 months traveling as commercial trade do not need a rabies vaccination but do need a microchip / tattoo and a health certificate issued no more than 24 hours before departure to the Czech Republic.
IV. CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have any questions, please contact
State Veterinary Administration of
the Czech Republic
CZ-120 00 Prague 2