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V. Travelling with pet animals to the Czech Republic from non-listed third countries

Jan 21, 2013

(i.e. countries not listed in the list included in Section 2 Parts B and C of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003)

In order to enable the return of a Czech citizen which travelled to this third country with his/her animal back to the territory of EU or, at the import of an animal, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Identification of animals
  2. Dogs, cats or ferrets must be identified with a transponder (microchip). Microchipping is performed by a veterinarian authorised for the pursuit of veterinary activities in the country of dispatch. Only microchips complying with ISO standards for radio frequency identification of animals – ISO 11784 and ISO 11785, can be used. Where a microchip does not comply with these requirements, an owner or a person accompanying the animal must provide means necessary for reading the microchip at any check.

    Where a dog, cat or ferret is identified using a tattoo and the tattoo was done not later than 2nd July 2011, a transponder (microchip) cannot be applied, provided that the tattoo is clearly legible and was demonstrably done before 3rd July 2011.

    An animal must be identified with a microchip or tattoo prior to the vaccination against rabies!

  3. Vaccination against rabies
  4. Dogs, cats or ferrets over three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination is performed by a veterinarian authorised for the pursuit of veterinary activities in the third country of dispatch. The vaccination must be performed using an inactivated vaccine of at least one international antigenic unit (WHO standard) or a recombinant vaccine.

    For the purposes of travelling with an animal, the vaccination against rabies shall be considered as valid:
    a.  21 days from the date of the primary vaccination against rabies,
    or
    b.  from the day of re-vaccination, where the vaccine is administered within the period of validity of a previous vaccination in the same country where the previous vaccination was administered (the validity of each vaccination is indicated by the vaccine manufacturer). However, such re-vaccination shall be considered as a primary vaccination in the absence of a veterinary document attesting the previous vaccination.

  5. Veterinary certificate or European Pet Passport
  6. Dog, cats or ferrets originating from a third country must be at their import accompanied by a veterinary certificate for non-commercial movements of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets completed and attested prior to the movement by an official veterinarian of exporting country.

    Echinococcus treatment, i.e. treatment against the parasite Echinococcus multilocularis, as mentioned in Point II.5, is not required by the Czech Republic.

    The certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of its issue by an official veterinarian of exporting country until the date of a check at the place of entry into the EU. The certificate can also be used for travelling with a pet animal within the European Union for 4 months from the date of its issue or, until the date of expiry of the vaccination against rabies, which ever is earlier.

    In the case of the re-entry of a dog, cat or ferret from a third country to the EU, the European pet passport shall be used instead of the veterinary certificate.

  7. Rabies serological test
  8. Dogs, cats or ferrets must undergo a serological test for the level of protective antibodies against rabies. For such testing, a veterinarian shall take a blood sample 30 days after the vaccination against rabies at the earliest and send it to an approved laboratory (sending of samples can be, upon an agreement, arranged also by a keeper).
    The list of the approved laboratories is possible to find on the European Commision website.

    The minimum level of protective antibodies against rabies must be at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.

    Testing for the antibodies against rabies must be performed on a sample taken at least 3 months prior to the movement of an animal to the territory of EU. The three-month period shall not apply to the re-entry of an animal whose passport certifies that the rabies serological test was performed, with a satisfactory result, before the animal left the territory of EU. Even though the result of rabies serological test is mentioned in a passport or certificate, it is necessary to have at travelling abroad also the relevant laboratory protocol (or its attested copy, respectively) containing results of the testing available.

    The rabies serological testing needs not to be renewed in an animal subjected to that testing with a satisfactory result and then re-vaccinated against rabies always during the period of validity of the previous vaccination.

Approved laboratory for the detection of antibodies against rabies in the Czech Republic

The National Reference Laboratory for Rabies at the State Veterinary Institute in Prague is the only approved laboratory for the detection of antibodies against rabies in the Czech Republic.

Address of the laboratory

State Veterinary Institute in Prague
National Reference Laboratory for Rabies
Sídlištní 136/24
165 03 Praha 6 – Lysolaje
Tel, fax: 251 031 271
vzteklina@svupraha.cz
www.svupraha.cz

When a sample is sent to the Czech Republic from a third country, the consignor thereof must in advance ask the Central Veterinary Administration of the State Veterinary Administration for the establishment of veterinary import conditions. For more information, please use the following contact: epodatelna@svscr.cz.

Note:
At travelling with more than five dogs, cats or ferrets, at the trade in such animals,
 or at travelling of such animal/s without being accompanied by a natural person, the animals must also be accompanied by a veterinary certificate for the imports and non-commercial movements of more than 5 dogs, cats and ferrets to the European Union. In these cases, the animals must come from the listed third countries or countries referred to in Part 1 of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No. 206/2010. For more information, please, contact us via the following e-mail address: epodatelna@svscr.cz.