EU pet travel regulations
When travelling abroad with your pet you need to remember that animal transport in European Union undergoes specific regulations and procedures. Everything you need to know is included in EU Pet Travel Scheme, which came into effect in 2012.
In order to identify your animal it must be fitted with a microchip, before first rabies vaccination is carried out. The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport.
Your pet has to be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exception here. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old. The waiting period before entering the EU country is after 21 days after the first vaccination date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination. The vaccine name and manufacturer as well as vaccination and expiry dates must be recorded in the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate by a registered vet (signature and stamp is required). You can find the list of vets on www.vetpol.org.pl.
You need to know what pet domestic travel regulations apply in the country you are going to. Some countries have additional vet check-ups on arrival and a quarantine for pets. When you are travelling to Germany or Austria your pet won't be allowed to pass the border if it travels with a person who is not the owner. Switzerland does not allow dogs whose ears or tails have been copied. Some countries like Great Britain, Ireland, Malta or Finland require that your pet is treated against tapeworm before travelling. Treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before the animal's scheduled arrival time in the EU country. Treatment date and time must be recorded by the vet on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate. Animals must be treated against ticks as well.
In order to have a safe journey you need to comply with all those regulations. Should you fail to comply with the regulations and procedures you may be denied entering the given country. There is also a possibility that a transported animal will be terminated on arrival in cases where return trip won't be possible. So make sure you are familiar with all regulations before travelling with your pet and transporting your pet alone.