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Rescue dogs and cats: why they can’t currently leave Greece

The EU uses an electronic system called TRACES to legally and reliably track the movement of pets being rehomed from one EU country to another. At the moment, however, the Greek government won't issue TRACES certificates. This means that Animalcouriers can't currently transport cats and dogs from rescue centres in Greece on behalf of adopters in the UK or any other EU country. (We can, however, transport pets who are relocating with their existing owners from Greece and have valid pet passports.) For the time being, if you want to adopt a rescue animal from Greece, you have to go [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:50:06+00:00Wednesday, April 22, 2015|pet travel by road, red tape, TRACES|27 Comments

Renaming our van ‘the Argo’ as we leave Athens with Jason, Hector, Ririkos, Bilia, Boxoh, Dusty, Zarly and Pouca on board

Kiki, Martha, Marguerita and other dear friends, we miss you! The Greek government has placed a halt on the movement of rescued pets out of Greece. So six dogs and cats who were due to travel with us to wonderful new homes in the UK now have to wait — or may never even be allowed to travel. TRACES certificates are a legal and reliable way of recording the movement of rescued and rehomed dogs and cats from one EU member state to another. But sadly for many dogs and cats, Greece has withdrawn TRACES certificates. We (and many others) are [...]

No TRACES requirement for pets travelling in the EU +5 days before or after their owners

A new EU pet travel scheme regulation was due to be introduced on 29 December 2014. It required dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between EU countries more than five days before or after their owners to be recorded on the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES). This regulation has been withdrawn. Dogs, cats and ferrets just need a valid pet passport, even if they're travelling more than five days before or after their owners. However, pets being rehomed from one EU country to another with a change of ownership do need to be recorded on TRACES. See our blog from last month [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:50:26+00:00Thursday, December 11, 2014|animal transportation, latest news, pet passport, red tape|13 Comments

New-style pet passports and other EU pet travel scheme changes from 29 December

Some changes to the EU pet travel scheme come into effect on 29 December 2014. The changes aim to strengthen enforcement across the EU and improve the security and traceability of pet passports. We've outlined the main changes below and given links to more information. New-style pet passports A new-style pet passport is being introduced — but if you already have a passport for your pet, you don't have to get a new one. Existing passports will remain valid for the lifetime of your pet or until all the treatment spaces are filled. The new passport has laminated strips covering [...]

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 [...]

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

Breakfast in Brindisi, dinner in Ancona

After a somewhat choppy crossing, Animalcouriers docked at the Italian port of Brindisi rather later than expected, having not boarded our ferry from Igoumenitsa until after 2.00am. It was time to walk the dogs, so we headed for breakfast and a doggy leg stretch at a nice hotel we remembered courier S had stayed at. From there we drove towards Ancona where we're spending the night. Our delayed arrival this morning means we haven't got as far as we would have wished. But the late nights and early starts are taking their toll on couriers J and M, so we're [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:51:32+00:00Friday, April 11, 2014|animal transportation, pet travel by road, red tape|29 Comments

Paperwork complexity as we depart Athens

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 [...]

Melissa, Stella, Dimos, Carmel and Zorba fly from Athens to Paris

This morning Animalcouriers were up bright and early to collect five dogs at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport who've undertaken their own odyssey to reach their new homes in the UK. Kiki, Martha and the rest of the Filozoikos team were up just as early, getting the dogs ready for their flight. As usual, every dog was sporting his or her own personal 'good luck' collar and bow, lovingly made by Martha. A stately procession of dogs in travel boxes, accompanied by Nell and Alex All the travel boxes were on the large side, so we worked [...]

Phoebe is emigrating from France to Australia, via the UK

Pretty tabby-and-white cat Phoebe and her owner Liz have been living in beautiful rural Flayat in the Limousin region of France. Now they're relocating to the Yarra Valley, near Melbourne in Australia. When Liz started organising Phoebe's travel, she struggled to find a local vet who could steer her through the Australian import process. Things got off to a less-than-brilliant start when the vet forgot to put the date of Phoebe's rabies vaccination on her RNATT (Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test) declaration that's required by the Australian authorities as part of the import application. Somewhat frustrated, Liz contacted Animalcouriers for [...]

Responsible UK rehoming of Greek dogs and cats

As you'll know from our previous blog, the Greek authorities have implemented some new paperwork requirements. They now need additional papers from UK adopters that provide proof of ownership of dogs and cats adopted in Greece. Animalcouriers is a UK Government-authorised animal transporter. Our licence and our van certification to carry pets have been passed by the Greek authorities. It's our policy never to transport pets that don't have a forever home to go to — we would never knowingly take animals to the UK whose future isn't assured. The Filozoikos Shelter is a registered charity, recognised by the Greek [...]

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