Travelling with your cat

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pink-arrow-1 Travel requirements: Non-Commercial or commercial movement ?

Before travelling with your cat(s), it is important to determine if your movement is considered to be "commercial" or "non-commercial" under EU legislation, in order to know if you have to respect the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on non-commercial movement, or the requirements of Directive 2013/31/EU on commercial movement. Indeed, the EU definition of "non-commercial" movement can be a bit confusing.

According to Regulation 576/2013 (in force from December 2014), "‘non-commercial movement’ means any movement which does not have as its aim either the sale of or the transfer of ownership of a pet animal". Moreover, any movement of more than five animals – cats, dogs or ferrets (unless the animals are older than 6 months) is not considered "non-commercial".

To summarise, your movement will be commercial if:

  • you are travelling with more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets aged less than 6 months
  • you are travelling with your cat(s) for the purpose of selling them
  • you are travelling with cats belonging to an organisation (such as a shelter or a rescue organisation)
  • you are travelling with cats with the aim to giving them up for adoption

On the other hand, your movement will be non-commercial if:

  • you are travelling with less than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets (or more if older than 6 months)
  • you as "physical person" are the owner of the animals
  • you are travelling with no aim of selling them
  • you are travelling with no aim of giving them up for adoption

 

The "non-commercial" movement requirements

  1. The official EU Pet Passport
  2. A valid rabies vaccination (some derogations exist in some countries. These derogations are available on http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nat_rules_dogscatferret_en.htm)
  3. An identification of the animal by a microchip (transponder) or a tatoo
  4. During the transport, cats have to be watered every 8 hours and fed every 24 hours

 

The "commercial" movement requirements

  1. Cats have to be aged more than 8 weeks, otherwise they have to be accompanied by their mother
  2. The official EU Pet Passport
  3. A valid rabbies vaccination (some derogations exist in some countries. These derogations are available on http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nat_rules_dogscatferret_en.htm)
  4. An identification of the animal by a microchip (transponder) or a tatoo
  5. A veterinary certificate of less than 48 hours for each animal transported
  6. The movement has to be recorded in the TRACES system (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco/traces/)
  7. During the transport, cats have to be watered every 8 hours and fed every 24 hours

 

Questions and Answers on the new rules for pet travel and pet passports for EU citizens travelling inside or outside the EU (FVE-FECAVA)

FVE-FECAVA Q&A

 

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