Travel with Pets
Detailled information on traveling with pets is provided by the
Federal Ministry for Health
(Divison of Veterinary Issues)
Phone: 01143 1 71100 ext. 4824 or 4825
Fax: 01143 1 710 4151
Please take note that due to the enlargement of the European union on May 1st, 2004, new regulations concerning travel with pets were put into effect on July 3rd, 2004. The new guidelines include that you carry a health certificate for your pet while travelling.
The main points of the new regulations are:
- A traveler might bring with him/her only five pet animals.
- For each dog, cat, and ferret, the owner must bring with him/her both a health certificate signed by a veterinary and a veterinary passport (certifying valid anti-rabies vaccination):
The health certificate to be filled out in block letters either in the language of the EU country of entry or in English and shown to a border control agent when entering the European Union.
The certificate must be accompanied by supporting documentation, or a certified copy of it, including vaccination details (rabbies vaccinatinon has to be done at least 21 days prior departure). This documentation must bear the identification details of the animal concerned. Pet animals living in the US need not undergo a neutralizing antibody titration.
The certificate is valid for movements within the EU for a period of four months from the date of issue or until the date of expiry of the vaccination, whichever is earlier.
- Each dog, cat and ferret must bear either an electronic identification system (transponder) or a clearly readable tattoo.
A detailled information sheet is provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health.