Travelling with pets

Non-commercial movement

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.

Summarized requirements for non-commercial movement into Republic of Lithuania

the animal(s) has/have to be accompanied by the owner or a authorised person (any natural person who has authorisation in writing from the owner to carry out the non-commercial movement of the pet animal on behalf of the owner);
the animal(s) has/have to be identified with a readable tattoo (until 3 july 2011) or with a microchip;
must have a EU pet passport issued by an authorised vet OR a third country certificate issued by an official vet with a written declaration completed by the owner or an authorised person (see model in Part 3 of Annex IV to Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 regarding the non-commercial nature of the movement and attesting, where appropriate, the carriage of the animal under the responsibility of an authorised person within up to five days of the movement of the owner;
the dog/cat/ferret(s) must have a valid rabies vaccination;
(a waiting period after primary vaccination and prior to travel is 21 days if travelling from another EU country or a listed third country)
rabies serological test is only required when the third county of origin is not listed third country. (waiting period following rabies serological test 3 months if travelling from for unlisted third countries)

Travelling with pet animal under 3 months old

Lithuania authorise the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets (from another Member State, or territories or third countries listed in Annex II, part 1 and part 2 of Commission implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013) which are:
(a) either less than 12 weeks old and have not received an anti-rabies vaccination; or
(b) between 12 and 16 weeks old and have received an anti-rabies vaccination, but do not yet meet the validity requirements referred to in point 2(e) of Annex III of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 only if:
• either the owner or the authorised person provides a signed declaration that from birth until the time of the non-commercial movement the pet animals have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies (drawn up in accordance with the model set out in Part 1 of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 577/2013); or
• the pet animals are accompanied by their mother, on whom they still depend, and from the identification document accompanying their mother it can be established that, before their birth, the mother received an anti-rabies vaccination which complied with the validity requirements set out in Annex III.

NOTE. Derogation from the anti-rabies vaccination condition for young pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) is not applicable for young pet animals coming from countries non listed in Annex II (part 1 and part 2) of the Commission implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013.

National Rules Applying To Entry of Pets Less Than 3 Months in Other Member States:

Trade (commercial movement)

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.

Pet animal (border) entry points of EU (including Lithuania):

Relevant EU weblinks: