European Council Decision N° 388/2010 of 6th May 2010 regarding travel regulations has been amended for sled dogs.
Regarding: European Council Decision N° 388/2010 of 6th May 2010 : COMMISSION DECISION of 10 November 2010 amending Part 1 of Annex E to Council Directive 92/65/EEC as regards the model health certificate for animals from holdings (notified under document C(2010) 7640) (Text with EEA relevance) N° (2010/684/EU)
In May 2010, the European Council published a decision requiring all European owners of dogs, cats and/or ferrets who wished to travel throughout the EU for “non-commercial purposes” with more than five of their pets, to obtain the same health certificate for transport required for commercial movement. The Commission gave as justification the need to obtain this document so that “fraudulent practices” in which individuals were claiming to transport “pets” when in fact the animals were destined for sale, could be stopped.
The communication from ESDRA, IFSS, WSA and several other organizations, and the letters and phone calls made to Commission Members and MEP’s, led the Commission to discuss a way to ease the administrative burden of this document, which was to have been obtained for every movement and would be valid for ten days.
The Commission has therefore amended the document to make it valid for four months or to the end of the validity of the rabies vaccinations, whichever comes earlier. It has also been clarified that this rule concerns movement of more than five pets per person (owner or other person responsible for the animals).
The ESDRA secretary is continuing to follow this closely and will need all possible feedback on the experience of those who will need to have this health certificate. She would also like to know if these certificates are truly controlled during people’s travels. Please keep her informed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find hereafter the procedure that must be done if you are travelling in the EU and/ or any of the following countries, in which the Decision and documents apply for all pet dogs, cats and ferrets coming from EU Member states: Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino.
Procedure to obtain the health certificate:
Again, this document is required for those travelling with more than five dogs per “owner or person responsible for the dogs.”
If this is your case, share your experience. The ESDRA secretary will be making up a questionnaire about on the ground experience in the application of these rules, and hopes you will participate in feedback. She needs as much information as possible about problems and possible costs encountered as she intends to keep up with this issue very, very closely.
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