Vaccination Document/Pet Pass
The dogs being brought to an event (show) must have a proof that they have been vaccinated against rabies at least three weeks before the start of the show (bring vaccination documents/EU pet pass). The rabies vaccination is valid for 12 months from the day of the vaccination. If a longer period is to
be made valid, then this extended period must be noted officially in the vaccination documents or in the pet pass in the field marked "valid until".
If a dog receives a re-vaccination against rabies within the validity period, then the so-called 3 week deadline no longer applies. For primary vaccinations, the dog must have been at least three months old at the time of the vaccination and the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days before the event.
Vaccination and importing regulations
Rules on travelling with dogs within the EU
A maximum of 5 dogs may be carried per person when travelling. The animals must not be intended for a change of ownership.
If this is not the case, then the rules for trade in animals apply. For more detailed information, please refer to the Ordinance on Intra-Community Movement, Import and Transit of Live Animals and Products (Ordinance on Disease Control).
Pursuant to Regulation (EU) no. 576/2013 and implementing Regulation (EU) no. 577/2013, that have applied since 29 December 2014, dogs, cats and ferrets transported across borders within the European Union must always be accompanied by a pet passport of a standard type.
It must be possible to clearly assign this passport to the respective animal, i.e. it must be possible to identify the animal by tattoo or microchip and the identification number must be entered in the passport. Since 3 July 2011, micro-chipping has been mandatory for newly identified animals (Technical requirements for transponders (PDF, 31 KB, not barrier-free)).
EU pet passports can be issued by a veterinary practitioner. However, the practitioner needs to be authorised for this purpose by the authorities competent under national law.
The maximum number of 5 pets may be exceeded if the animals are being moved for the purpose of participating in competitions, shows and sporting events or of training for such events (no change of owner). These animals must be at least 6 months old and evidence in writing must be provided that they have been registered for one of the above-mentioned events. If more than 5 animals are to be moved for other purposes, then the rules for trade in animals apply. For more detailed information, please refer to theOrdinance on Intra-Community Movement, Import and Transit of Live Animals and Products (Ordinance on Disease Control).