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Pets to Bring into Poland
 
 
 

Poland is a member of the EU Pet Travel Scheme which allows pet carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) from any of the countries covered by the scheme to enter Poland without quarantine provided they meet specified anti-rabies, blood sampling and anti-worm/anti-tick hygiene requirements.

The pet must be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies and blood tested, and can be brought into Poland only after six months have elapsed after a satisfactory blood test. Your pet should be identified with a microchip that meets ISO standards 11784/11785. This is a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip that operates at 134.2 kHz. If your pet does not have the ISO microchip then the owner must provide their own scanner. Your pet must also be accompanied by the bi-lingual certificate of the country you are entering as prescribed by rule EU 998. This pet passport must show that the pet has been vaccinated against rabies and certain other diseases by a licensed veterinarian at least 30 days prior to travel.

Unvaccinated pets (dogs and cats only) under 3 months old may enter an EU country, but there are additional regulations that must be met. Certain aggressive breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry.

Pets entering from a country with a high incidence of rabies must have a serological (blood titre) test performed at least 90 days prior to entering the country. This test must be performed at an approved laboratory.

Failure to comply with these regulations will not only mean that the pet is refused entry but that the relevant authority in consultation with an authorised vet can decide to return the pet home, or place the pet in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet; or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be envisaged.

All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibian, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Owners travelling with pet's other than dogs, cats and ferrets are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

Pet transportation may be subject to a summer pet embargo imposed by most of the airlines, which means that unless your pet can fit in its cage under your seat, you will not be able to check the pet as luggage on your flight. The very expensive option is to ship your pet on cargo flights.

 
 


 



 


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