The European Commission have announced that as from the 1st of October all pet owners are obliged to hold a passport certifying that their pet has been vaccinated against rabies as a minimum requirement. It is an absolute condition for admission in any European Union Country.
The procedure in four member states is much stricter; Ireland, Malta, Sweden & the U.K. insist that the animals have to be micro-chipped for better identification.
The four most demanding countries also require carrying out a test that confirms the strength of the vaccine, such test to be carried out at least 6 months before entry is allowed; in the case of Sweden, the test must take place 120 days after vaccination. The advantage is that one can now travel with his or her own pet anywhere in Europe as long as the passport requirements are satisfied. Furthermore, Andorra, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City will also recognize the document.