If you plan to take your dog to the European Union with you more than once, YES.
Getting your pet an EU Pet Passport will easily save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars down the road. It will also make future travel planning significantly easier.
An EU Pet Passport is a travel document detailing the health and vaccination history of a specific pet. EU Pet Passports allow pet owners (EU citizens and non EU citizens) to easily travel with their pet between EU member states and return to the EU form a non-EU country. Anyone can get an EU Pet Passport, but the document can only be obtained from an EU veterinarian.
Meet with an EU veterinarian who can issue an EU Pet Passport. The veterinarian will do a health examination of your dog and fill out all required information in your pup's new passport (owner details, description of dog, rabies vaccination history, other vaccination history). The cost for an EU Pet Passport is minimal (EUR 20 on average) but expect the vet to charge an additional amount for the pet's health exam. This could add another EUR 30+ to your bill.
Image above: A veterinarian in Paris, France inspects @djangothegent before issuing him an EU Pet Passport
International travel to/from the EU is relatively simple once your dog has an EU Pet Passport.
As always, follow your international airline's pet travel protocols to ensure a seamless trip overseas. Information varies by airline, so read the policies carefully and call your airline's customer support number if you have unanswered questions.
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