TRAVELLING WITH ANIMALS

If you travel and you are accompanied by your pet (dogs, cats, ferrets) it is important to be informed about the health requirements that have to be followed.

  •  The maximum number of pets that may accompany the owner or an authorised person during a single non-commercial movement shall not exceed five.
  •   Тhe maximum number of pets may exceed five if the non-commercial movement of pets is for the purpose of participating in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or in training for such events аnd the pets are more than six months old.
  • Pets shall not be transported unless they meet the following requirements:
  • They are marked by the implantation of a transponder( a microchip ) or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011.
  • They have received an anti-rabies vaccination and the date of administration referred does not precede the date of application of the transponder or tattoo.You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling.They are in possession of an animal health certificate or passport in accordance with the model to EU shall be issued either by an official veterinarian .

Where the checks reveal that a pet does not comply the official veterinarian shall decide, to:
(a) return the pet animal to its country
(b) isolate the pet animal under official control
(c) be euthanized a pet animal
You’re responsible for the costs of euthanized ,quarantine or the re-export of your pet. You must meet the entry requirements for your pet .

Enter or return to BG from a Member State

When you enter or return to the BG your pet needs to meet the entry requirements. These include:

  •   a microchip
  • a rabies vaccination
  •   a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate in accordance with - Regul.577-2013-EC.


Enter in BG from third countries

When you enter or return to the BG your pet needs to meet the entry requirements. These include:

  • a microchip
  • a rabies vaccination
  •  a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate in accordance with Regul.577-2013-EC.

    IMPORTANT – before travelling

    For certain countries-Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Israel, Kuwait and others unlisted in Regul.1219-2014-EC (see complete list), require the testing of the titre of antibodies against rabies in approved laboratories- links Approved Laboratories in Third Countries, approved rabies serology laboratories in EU
    If you’re travelling from an unlisted country your pet will need to get a blood test and then wait 3 months before entering in BG.
    These requirements are laid down in EU legislation:
    * Regul.576-2013-EC, concerning the non-commercial movement of pets: dogs, cats and ferrets -in force from 29.12.2014
    * Regul.577-2013-EC-samples of identification documents for non-commercial movements of dogs, cats and ferrets-in force from 29.12.2014
    * Dec.2007-25-EC, for pet birds

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!