Since 2004, it has been impossible for a cat to leave France without a passport. The cat passport provides the authorities with all the information about the feline. The veterinary document is completed and issued by the professional who follows your pet. What are the conditions for obtaining the cat passport? How to proceed ? Here is all the information you need.
All about the cat passport
The cat passport has been in existence since July 3, 2004. Since its implementation, it is impossible for a cat to travel outside of France without the veterinary document. It was the European Parliament which decided to adopt new “conditions relating to the movement of pets”. The objective was to harmonize regulation throughout Europe but also to centralize information relating to our pets. The cat passport has evolved since it was adopted. Since 2009, this is the only official document that proves that your animal has been vaccinated against rabies. The cat passport is compulsory for traveling in Europe and around the world.
The information contained in the cat passport
The cat passport looks like our passport. It is blue and measures 10 cm by 15 cm. This document is the same for all cats within the European Community. Here is the information present on the veterinary document.
- The type of identification of the cat: chip or tattoo
- Identification number and date
- Description of the cat: breed, species
- Coat color
- Name and first name
- The birth date
- Information about the owner of the cat
- Vaccination certificates including the one against rabies which is mandatory
- Information about the cat’s health
How do I get a cat passport?
In France, the cat passport can only be issued by one person: the veterinarian. This one can give you the precious sesame at the end of the vaccination against rabies provided that your cat has been identified. Indeed, a passport cannot be created for a cat that is neither chipped nor tattooed.
The European cat passport is issued on request. However, it is not free. When creating it, you have to pay around € 15. If you lose your passport, be aware that you can request a duplicate. This costs 5 €.
Use of the cat passport
The cat passport is an official document that should not be overlooked. Indeed, the veterinary document can be requested at customs, when you arrive in a foreign country, or during a routine check.
The cat passport is essential for traveling with peace of mind. On the other hand, if you do not have the precious veterinary document, we recommend that you do not take your cat. Penalties exist if you do not present the passport.
- Your cat can be returned to you, or to your country, at your expense.
- Your cat can be placed in quarantine.
- Your cat can be euthanized.
Warning ! Some countries require more than the cat passport. You may be asked for vaccinations other than rabies and blood tests. In both cases, deadlines must be respected. We must therefore anticipate. Note that if you travel to the United Kingdom, Ireland or Sweden, your cat must be identified by means of an electronic chip. It should also be treated against ticks. To do so, all you have to do is deworm it. Your veterinarian can take care of this and notify it on the passport. In addition, Sweden requires travelers wishing to take their cat to treat the animal for echinococcosis.
How to prepare for a trip with your cat?
Make sure you are in good standing
Because you are going on a trip or moving to another country, you will soon be traveling with your cat outside of France. How to prepare? The first step is to make sure that your pet can receive their vaccination passport. To do this, he must be protected by an anti-rabies vaccination and must be identified by a chip or a tattoo. Remember to check the type of identification required at your destination! Check the requirements of the country in which you are going to stay. As we saw earlier, some governments impose more than a flea and a rabies vaccine. Once you have all the information you need, make an appointment quickly with your vet. The procedures take time! You will be able to request the health passport during this meeting.
Travel by plane
In addition to medical matters, you should plan for air travel. Airlines offer you two options. If your cat weighs less than 5 kg (8 kg at AirFrance), he can travel in the cabin. If it is heavier, it will travel in the hold. Warning ! Cats under 10 weeks old are not allowed because they are too young to be vaccinated. This prohibition also applies in a domestic flight. If in the cabin, the animal travels in a bag the maximum size of which is 46 x 28 x 24 cm. The bag should be flexible and well ventilated. You will not be able to take the animal out during the flight.
Traveling by car
If you are traveling by car, simply place your cat in a crate and accustom him to the transport. It is advisable to fix the cage properly to limit movement and to make increasingly long journeys. To keep your cat feeling good on the trip, consider taking toys and items that are familiar to them.
Do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice to travel with peace of mind. The professional can explain the risks to you and even give you tranquilizers to soothe your cat during the trip.