Animalcouriers are leaving Athens with three dogs who are bound for the UK. All three dogs are owned by Athenian residents who have relocated to the UK for work, and are travelling on TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) health certificates. Theoretically, the dogs don’t need these health certificates but there seems to be some confusion in Greece on this matter.
To give some background: there has been correspondence between Animalcouriers and Eurogroup for Animals (the leading voice for animal welfare at European Union level), and between that group and the European Commission on our behalf. Between us we have tried to clear a path with the Greek authorities.
In terms of what we are talking about, there are essentially two categories of pet travel. The European Commission clarifies those two categories as follows:
“If the dog follows the owner in its way back from Greece to the UK, Greece cannot ask more than the requirements laid down in Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 and they should even not require to see the dogs.
If the dogs (not yet owned, or owned but the owner is not moving with his dog) are moving by a transport company from Greece to the UK, the animals have to comply with the requirements of Directive 92/65/EEC (come from registered holdings/businesses, TRACES certificate and notification to the MS