From 29.12.14, a new EUROPEAN REGULATION concerning the crossing of borders with your pet (dogs, cats and ferrets) became enforceable. Any dog / cat which comes to Luxembourg without a European passport and/or without a microchip, is considered an illegal import and must follow a very specific procedure. (See compliance certificate)
Conditions for the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets within the EU:
- They must be identified by an electronic chip or a legible tattoo (before their rabies vaccination)
- Be validly vaccinated against rabies
- Be accompanied by a European passport
- Meet the specific conditions.
These animals must also, imperatively, have been vaccinated against rabies, and may only cross the border after a post-vaccine waiting period of 21 days to guarantee that the vaccine is effective. The rabies vaccination may only be given to animals aged at least 12 weeks. Puppies/kittens under 12 weeks and not vaccinated against rabies, and those in the waiting period (between 12 and 16 weeks) will be accepted into Luxembourg provided they are accompanied by a very specific certificate (see Annex I of R. 577/2013 in French and in German) signed by the owner (= animal’s breeder, person having responsibility for the animal before it entered Luxembourg)
According to current information, our neighbour countries (Germany, Belgium, France and Holland) will not accept animals under 15 weeks (= 12 weeks + 21-day waiting period for the rabies vaccine)!