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Travelling with pets
The movement of pet animals of non-commercial purposes to EU and between EU member states is regulated by 998/2003/EC Regulation.
ATTENTION. New Regulations will be applied from 29 December 2014:
• Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003
• Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 of 28 June 2013 on the model identification documents for the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets, the establishment of lists of territories and third countries and the format, layout and language requirements of the declarations attesting compliance with certain conditions provided for in Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• Directive 2013/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC as regards the animal health requirements governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the Union of dogs, cats and ferrets
Summarized requirements applicable when entering into Lithuania:
• up to 5 animal's movement can be considered as non-commercial;
• the animal(s) has/have to be accompanied by the owner or a person responsible;
• the animal(s) has/have to be identified with a readable tattoo (until 3 july 2011) or with a microchip (explanatory note by European Commission);
• the dog/cat/ferret(s) must have a valid rabies vaccination;
• must have an EU pet passport OR a certificate provided by 2011/874/EU;
• rabies serological test is only required when the third county of origin is not listed in Annex II Part C of Regulation 998/2003/EC;
• if rabies serological test is needed, the result has to be at least or equal to 0,5 IU/ml, carried out at least 30 days after vaccination and three months before being moved. (Art 8. (b) (i) of 998/2003/EC);
• rabies serological test shall carry out in one of the EU approved laboratorines:
• 3 months waiting period shall be counted from the date the blood sample had been taken.
Waiting period does not means spending the 3 month in a quarantine facility, but the animal has to remain in the country of origin in that 3 month period after the blood sample had been taken.
If the rabies serological test had been carried out once with a favourable result, and the animal has been revaccinated before the validation of the
vaccination would have been expired according to the manufacturer's recommendation, the rabies serological test is valid for the lifetime of the animal, no additional rabies serological test shall carry out.
Travelling with pet animal under 3 months old
Lithuania authorise the movement of dogs, cats and ferrets which are under three months old and are unvaccinated against rabies, if they are accompanied by a passport and have stayed in the place in which they were born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection or are accompanied by their mothers on whom they are still dependent.
National Rules Applying To Entry of Pets Less Than 3 Months in Other Member States:
Travelling with pet bird(s) to Lithuania
Movement of pet birds accompanying their owners into Lithuania is regulated by 2007/25/EC Commission Decision with applicable model health certificate and declaration in its Annex. Last amendment of this piece of legislation is 2010/734/EU Commission Decision.
Travel to Lithuania with pet animals other than dogs, cats, ferrets and pet birds (e.g. rodents, reptilia, amphibia) of non-commercial purpose
• up to 5 animal's movement can be considered as non-commercial
• the animal(s) has/have to travel with the owner or a person responsible
• no legal obligation some accompanying document to have, except for CITES animals. (in case of air transport IATA can have requirement an accompanying document to have).
Pet animal (border) entry points of EU (including Lithuania):
Relevant EU weblinks:
Relevant legal acts:
• REGULATION (EC) No 998/2003 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC
• Commission Regulation (EU) No 388/2010 of 6 May 2010 implementing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the maximum number of pet animals of certain species that may be the subject of non-commercial movement
• 2010/684/EU 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
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011/EU supplementing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards preventive health measures for the control of Echinococcus multilocularis infection in dogs
• 2011/874/EU Commission Implementing Decision of 15 December 2011 laying down the list of third countries and territories authorised for imports of dogs, cats and ferrets and for non-commercial movements of more than five dogs, cats and ferrets into the Union and the model certificates for imports and non-commercial movements of those animals into the Union