Travelling with pets to The Netherlands from the UK/Ireland

Dogs, cats and ferrets from EU Member States
From 3 July 2004, the non-commercial movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets within the European Union must comply with the following veterinary requirements:

- Pet animals must be identified. In the Netherlands, the most popular method used to identify animals is the electric transponder (microchip), which is inserted just under the skin. A clearly readable tattoo is also accepted as identification. Both means of identification are applied by a veterinarian.

- Dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies by an authorised veterinarian, who must certify that the animal has a valid rabies vaccination in the EU pet passport. The first vaccination is valid 21 days after the vaccination protocol has been finished.

- Dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied by an EU pet passport on journeys between Member States. The passport should provide the animal's identification, the owner's name and address, and proof that the animal has a valid vaccination against rabies.
For more information about the EU Pet Passport can be found click here.
Always check with your airline, bus, ferry or train company before departure.

Requirements for entry into the Netherlands
There is an important difference between pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets, with a maximum of five animals /owner) and commercial animals (dogs, cats and ferrets).
An animal is considered a pet animal when the owner or a representative of the owner accompanies the animal during travel from the country of origin and is therefore familiar with the history and environment of the animal in the country of origin.
When the animal is travelling alone it is considered a commercial animal, even if it is not intended for sale and is kept as a pet by its owner. These animals cannot be imported without a valid anti-rabies vaccination. The anti-rabies vaccination cannot be administered before the age of three months and is only valid 21 days after vaccination.
These measures are necessary to minimize the risk for animal and public health and welfare.

Dogs, cats and ferrets kept commercially
If you are importing animals into The Netherlands for commercial purposes other rules apply.

Below you will find a video guide about travelling with pets
Transitional measures
To facilitate the change of veterinary requirements the EU has a transitional measure in place. The transitional measure valid between 3 July 2004 and 1 October 2004 has been replaced by the following transitional measure: Member States shall authorise the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets between Member States and from third countries if the animals are accompanied by a certificate in a format different to the models established by those Decisions provided so that it meets the following requirements:
1.It has been issued before 1 October 2004;
2.Its period of validity has not expired;
3.It attests compliance with conditions established by Regulation (EC) No 998/2003. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta and Sweden may maintain the national conditions applicable before 3 July 2004 for the acceptance of rabies certification.
Vaccination and further required treatments carried out after 1 October 2004 should be entered in the standardised European passport or veterinary certificate.

Special requirements for entry into the Netherlands
The Netherlands does not set any additional veterinary requirements to the rules above for pet dogs, cats and ferrets entering the Netherlands for non-commercial purposes from the United Kingdom or Ireland. Animals do not have to be treated for ticks or tapeworms.
Puppies and kittens
The first vaccination is valid 21 days after the vaccination protocol has been finished. However, a puppy less than 3 months old is too young to vaccinate against rabies, so your puppy (only if less than 3 months) may enter the Netherlands without a rabies vaccination. The owner should be prepared to provide a written statement in which he/she, as the owner of the dog, certifies that the animal resided at the same place as its place of birth and had no contact with animals which might have been infected with rabies. This statement may have to be produced at the border. 
Please note that also for animals younger than 3 month an EU pet passport supplied by an authorised veterinarian is required.

Other animals
The European Commission is in the process of introducing a veterinary certificate for travel with other types of animals. These pets £ unless listed as endangered £ can enter the Netherlands with a health certificate issued by a vet. The certificate can not be older than 10 days upon arrival.

Please check the CITES endangered/protected species list because these animals are barred from bringing into the Netherlands, see: Cites