Pet’s Passport (Pt 2)

We would draw your attention to the “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals” which proposes an extension of the special transitional requirements until 31 December 2011 (see: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2009:0268:FIN:EN:PDF).

This proposal is still going through the institutional procedures (http://ec.europa.eu/prelex/detail_dossier_real.cfm?CL=en&DosId=198341) so we are not in a position to provide a definitive answer to your questions at this stage.  We would recommend that you contact the UK authorities who will be able to provide you with the latest information and whose contact details you can find at  http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/index.htm

As far as the non-commercial movements of pets from the UK to other Member States is concerned, you can find all the information on the following page of our web site: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_intra_en.htm from which you can see that additional requirements exist for the entry of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into Finland, Malta, Sweden and Ireland (as well as the UK of course).

With kind regards

Carol Franklin
Institutional Relations & Communication
Health & Consumers Directorate-General
European Commission

In other words: The short version is that the Commission propose that the additional restrictions imposed by Sweden UK and Malta should remain in place until 31st December 2011. The law to make that change is going through the EU machine but has not yet been agreed. However it is unlikely given it is a procedural amendment that it will not go through which is why there has been no Consultation Document posted here