When do pets travelling in the EU need TRACES in addition to a pet passport?

When do pets travelling in the EU need TRACES in addition to a pet passport?

We updated this post on 9 December on learning that pets travelling more than five days before or after their owners no longer need to follow the TRACES process.

All dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from one EU country to another must have a valid pet passport. In most cases, dogs must be given a worming treatment by a vet between 24 hours and five days of their arrival in the destination country. To protect animals from theft, trafficking and so on, some additional requirements must be met, if the pet is:

  • Relocating from one EU country to another, and travelling unaccompanied by its owner. For example, the pet may be travelling with Animalcouriers by road, while its owner flies.
  • Being rehomed from one EU country to another. Rehoming involves a change in ownership of the pet. For example, the pet may be leaving a breeder and going to a new owner in a different country; or may have been adopted from a shelter by a new owner in another country.

Pets relocating, unaccompanied by their owners

Your pet’s valid passport and microchip registration must show both your old and new addresses. You need to include the following documents with your pet’s passport:

  • A declaration from you as the pet’s owner giving Animalcouriers permission to transport your pet for you to your new address — we provide the declaration for you to complete and sign
  • Evidence that you, as the pet’s owner, are relocating — such as a copy of an airline ticket or boarding pass, or a ferry booking receipt
  • A colour photocopy of the photo ID page from your passport

Pets being rehomed with a change of ownership

Your pet’s valid passport and microchip registration must show its destination address. You (or the organisation sending the pet) need to include the following documents with the pet’s passport:

  • A declaration from you as the pet’s new owner giving Animalcouriers permission to transport your pet for you to your address — we provide the declaration for you to complete and sign
  • Evidence to support the pet’s destination address
  • An ITAHC certificate (export health certificate) generated by the TRACES tracking system — see below

Some departure countries additionally require the departing pet:

  • To have an official adoption certificate from the local municipality or breeder showing that permission has been given for the pet to leave the country
  • To have been neutered before departure

Check with the shelter, breeder or local government vet.

TRACES

Pets that are being rehomed to a new owner in another EU country must be recorded onto the electronic tracking system TRACES by a government vet in the departure country a day or two before the pet leaves. The person, shelter or other organisation organising the pet’s departure must arrange this. The departure address or organisation must be recognised as suitable and be approved by the government vet.

The TRACES entry will generate an ITAHC certificate that must be included with the pet’s passport.

You must inform your nearest Animal Health Office at least 24 hours before the pet is due to arrive. In the UK, this will be an AHVLA office (part of the government department Defra). They will reserve the right to visit the pet up to 48 hours after its arrival.

Each EU country interprets the TRACES rules slightly differently. In the case of pets being rehomed into the UK, for example, the pet must have stayed at its departure address for at least 21 days following its rabies vaccination. You can consult TRACES information published by Defra. You should check the TRACES information published by the government of both the departure and arrival countries.

In line with the TRACES requirements, Animalcouriers doesn’t transport pets who are moving to a new country without a named owner and home to go to.

Sebastian recently travelled with us from the Filozoikos Shelter in Greece to a new home in the UK with Jenny. In accordance with TRACES, he was inspected by the AHVLA office on arrival, and was declared to be a perfect dog!

Sebastian recently travelled with us from the Filozoikos Shelter in Greece to a new home in the UK with Jenny. In accordance with TRACES, he was inspected by the AHVLA office on arrival, and was declared to be a perfect dog!

By | 2016-10-17T10:50:37+00:00 Monday, November 3, 2014|pet passport, quarantine services, red tape|38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. Summer Solstice Girl November 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Excellent post. Very helpful. Too bad I don’t live in the EU. I really NEED you guys at the end of the month!!!! I don’t know how to make Jazz Cat Jay and Little Miss Satchie comfortable for the 9 hour trip to our new home. I am very anxious about that 🙁

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      It’s such a great shame we can’t be there to help with your move 🙁 Do get some Feliway to spray in their carriers and bedding. Good luck!

  2. sunsetdragon November 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I am happy there is so much security keeping gall of these precious babies safe.
    Sebastian in a cutie.

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Although the new rules make life more complicated for everyone, they are there very much to keep animals safe and stop puppy farms operating across borders.

  3. katiebblogs November 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    This is really interesting to read about. I always found living in Europe that pets really are a big consideration and they are treated as such. I always appreciated that. Thanks for sharing this, sure to help many!

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Europe does indeed have a lot of regulations to keep animals safe. When the new rules were announced we had many enquiries about the changes. After what seems like weeks in constant contact with Defra, we now feel we have a full and clear understanding of the regulations and want to pass this knowledge on!

  4. Marty the Manx November 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info! It is wonderful to know that you all have such great security!

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Possibly slightly more info than the average person needs 😉 but if you are trying to move pets through Europe, this is what you need to know.

  5. Misaki November 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Sounds all very complicated to me, so glad you guys are around to help and advise

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Doesn’t it! That’s why we thought we’d try and explain things for everyone as we’ve had so many enquiries about the changes 😉

  6. pawedblog November 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Great info and advice!
    ‎Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      We certainly nope it help people planning to move their pets!

  7. petspeopleandlife November 4, 2014 at 1:57 am - Reply

    This is some really good info. Too bad we don’t have accountability here in the states. Folks cross state lines with no stopping. Lots of stolen pets goning all over the country. Thieves create fake registration papers and then sell the dogs on Craig’s list or flea markets.

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Though TRACES was originally set up as a means of tracking livestock movements it has been extended to prevent puppy farms operating across borders and would indeed highlight stolen animals too.

  8. Sand Spring Chesapeakes November 4, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the great information.

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Should you ever plan to import a gundog from Europe, you’d need this info 😉

  9. Lavinia Ross November 4, 2014 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Sebastian looks like a perfectly sweet dog! Glad he found a home. 🙂

  10. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady November 4, 2014 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Wow! Interesting!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  11. Basil November 4, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I am so pleased that you guys are there to help and support people through this!

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Considering all the research that’s gone into creating this post, we most certainly do hope it helps many people 😉

  12. Clowie November 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Is that 5 day rule a fairly new thing?

    • Animalcouriers November 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Yes, there are lots of new regulations – some already in place and others coming into force at the end of the year. You can imagine the fun and games we’re having 😉

  13. Gunta November 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Who knew it was all so complicated. I remember back in the 70s, traveling with my Husky into Canada. I remembered to bring along proof of rabies shots, but never asked to show even that.

    • Animalcouriers November 11, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

      It seems to get more complicated every year – for good reasons in most cases but the interpretation by each country causes the headaches 😉

  14. purrfectkitties November 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Great post! Very helpful. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3

  15. Curt Mekemson November 5, 2014 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Wow, it’s harder to move a pet than a person. –Curt

  16. mollieandalfie November 5, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Great information, we are with Misaki LOL xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Animalcouriers November 11, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Thanks M&A – there was steam coming out of our ears trying to interpret a lot of the information 😉

  17. G Griffiths (@TinyMapTurtles) December 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    VERY USEFUL INFO AND HELPFUL ADVICE. DO THESE NEW RULES APPLY TO ALL PETS INCLUDING REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS OR JUST MAMMALS?

  18. Cati December 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Hi
    I have a dog that next year should travel to another EU country and stay there for 10 months for training & competitions. Does he need Traces? Thanks in advance.

    • Animalcouriers January 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Hi there Cati, well if we were to take the dog or a friend of hers takes the dog by road, the dog would be ‘accompanied’ and would not require a Traces Certificate, so long as there is a declaration authorising a third person or company, in our case, to take responsibility and travel with the dog. We or the friend depart and arrive with the dog.

      If a person flies with the dog within 5 days of the journey taking place, this too is accompanied and the dog would have to travel on the flight either with the person who is accompanying the dog with a signed declaration or with a signed declaration stating the person x is accompanying the dog and is responsible for the dog and that person x is flying on the same route 5 days either side of the dog’s journey.

      The bottom line is every pet is accounted for, either by individuals who travel with the dog on the same journey or within 5 days either side of the journey.

      • Cati January 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        Thank you for your reply. Actually I was planning to fly the dog as cargo and have the trainer pick him up. The trainer will keep the dog until the end of the year and take him to tests and shows. The dog won’t have a change of ownership but will be unaccompanied from one country to the other. I was wondering if I could just attach to his passport a declaration that the dog will be taken to a list of events and won’t change ownership and will return home. He is nearly 1 year old now. Thank you for your patience!

  19. Lyn Bunyan August 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Hi
    we are planning to export to puppies one to Sweden and one to Norway. I have found the advice and guidance on your site extremely helpful and would like to say “thank you”. Both the puppies are going by road and I am hoping that we have everything in place and correct for each individual country. They travel from UK. Many thanks again. Bunny

    • Animalcouriers August 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Delighted to hear that the info has helped! Sounds like you’ve done your research well and so you shouldn’t have problems with the puppy travel plans. Good luck.

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