Posted September 15th, 2013, 09:09 PM
Last edited by MCDW; September 15th, 2013 at 09:17 PM Reason: additional info.
howdy all! chandler here. my service-dog (sd) is rex, he's been with me for almost 9 years. i've been on several cruises (with rex) since discovering 'cruising' in january of 2013. this website/forum has given me a lot of good/useful information and i wanna take this opportunity to thank y'all for the help.
i guess my main questions for the sd forum are because i'm going to europe in november:
1. do i need anything other than rex's s.d. certification, current shots & u.s.d.a. certificate of health for e.u. countries; and,
2. can i get rex [something like] a e.u. service dog-passport while still here in the u.s? if so, is there a good point of contact?
i've sent e-mail messages to both the state department and dept of homeland security--but haven't gotten anything back but auto-replies.
i also wrote to the e.u. [defra] dept. but didn't understand their instructions. they were in english, but seemed kinda convoluted and were not specific to service animals. maybe pets and service dogs are considered the same thing 'over there'?
suffice to say: the info i've been able to digest is confusing and [while] i want to follow all the rules, i don't want/need to take $teps that aren't required. know what i mean?
airlines (aa and british airways) have signed-off on rex, but the mediterannean/transatlantic cruise(s) will be on rcl & clelebrity and i'm not sure what [if any] additional steps i need to take. therefore, any guidance y'all can/will offer would be appreciated. please advise. thank you.
Hi, I have done 6 TA's with my service dog.....the European Union's laws re importing any dogs changed last year. But
, only the British Isles require the titer test now. You need a European Union Health form for the country of FIRST
contact.(This is considered the dog's EU passport) Each country has it's own, but it must be the country of first contact and then the animal is considered "in the EU" regardless of which EU country you travel. It is important
to note the new EU regulations are that the International health certificate being signed by your vet and also your government vet, must be signed and certified Within
10 days of arriving at the first point of entry to the EU. In April, when we sailed from Fort L., our first port was the Azores, and we just made the time window. Also, your dog MUST
have an EU microchip, which is a different series than the North American microchip....a tattoo is no longer accepted.
I assume you will be doing a Fall TA, so the 10 day window from the two vet's signatures to flying should not be a problem. You should let RCCL/Celebrity know asap you have a service dog and send all the sd's medical paperwork. They will also need a copy of the EU Health Form.
We are doing a spring and fall TA next year.....love them ps you can download the relevant EU International Health form from the web...your US Government website for exporting animals to the EU will have the forms to download.