How do I get a passport for a dog, cat or ferret?

If you go abroad with your pet – a cat, dog or ferret, you must purchase a passport for him. It is an essential document. What is it for, how and where do you make it?

Passport for a dog, cat or other pet – what is it?

A passport is a document that allows the identification of an animal crossing the border. To exceed it, it must be with the owner, indicated in the passport or with a person authorized in writing by the owner.

Pets that cross the border and that must have a mandatory passport are: dog, cat and ferret.

Transport problems companion animals on the gomoving between EU countries or from a third country is regulated Regulation (EC) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003.

What do you need to do to get a passport for a cat, dog or ferret?

The first step to get a passport for the pet it’s his chipping† The animal must have a microchip implanted. It is placed under the animal’s skin, on the left side of the neck, usually next to the shoulder blade.

microchip is a miniature channel. It is not a tool that allows you to track it, such as GPS, for example. Its purpose is to enable radio identification using a special reader. It works from a distance of about 5-10 cm. This device does not wear out and usually one chip lasts the whole life of the animal.

You can also use the chip to identify a lost animal† Every pet owner who has injected this device registers as an owner with the pet chip databases and provides their contact details.

Important! The chip must comply with international ISO standards. Otherwise, it may be difficult for readers to read the number, for example the border service.

The second step is to create an identification document our pet is important rabies vaccination† The first vaccination of an animal older than 12 weeks becomes valid after 21 days. With a booster vaccination, it starts on the same day.

Who issues a passport for a pet?

This document can only be issued by: a veterinarian authorized to issue passports. The District’s Medical and Veterinary Councils maintain records of licensed physicians.

Passports issued in Poland can be checked at:

What do I need to have a passport issued by a vet?

The vet we contact to obtain a passport for our pet requires an identification document signed by the owner. It is also essential presence of an animal to check whether it has a chipand also about check his health

The model of the passport issued in the EU is defined in Part 1 of Annex III to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 of 28 June 2013 in case patterns documents identification for movement as regards nature non-commercial use of dogs, cats and ferrets; draw up lists of territories and ladiesthird parties and format, Dresses graphic and requirements languageReandas regards sadvantagesn to confirmandpeople to fulfillno definitionsspecific conditions foreseen in the regulationandthe European Parliament and Council (EU) No 576/2013

The following information is required to provide a passport to your pet:

  • the location of the transponder (chip) and the date of installation or the date of reading of the transponder, as well as the alphanumeric code indicated by the transponder;
  • the name, species, breed, sex, colour, date of birth and any characteristic or distinguishing features or characteristics of the pet animal stated by the owner;
  • the name and contact details of the owner;
  • first and last name, contact details and signature of the authorized veterinarian issuing or completing the identification document;
  • signature of the owner;
  • information on rabies vaccination;
  • date of blood draw for anti-rabies antibody titration testing;
  • information on the application of any preventive health measures for diseases or infections other than rabies;
  • other relevant information about the pet’s health status.

How much does a pet passport cost and how long is it valid for?

The cost of obtaining a passport for a cat, dog or ferret is approximately PLN 100. If the animal does not have a chip and has not been vaccinated against rabies, then these costs must be added up.

The passport for these pets is issued indefinitely† However, if you want to cross the border based on your pet, you must own it current rabies vaccination.

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