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JOFTAA provided this useful information 9 years, 5 months ago:

Bringing Your Dog, Cat, or Other Pet to Germany from The U.S.

See our discussion on which airlines will fly your pets when the weather is hot, here.

We brought both our cat and our dog to Germany with us. Fortunately there is no quarantine period, so you can take your pets straight from the airport to where you are staying if they allow pets. If they don't allow pets at your temporary housing, you will need to board your pets. I will give you info on boarding later. When you make your air reservation, be sure the airline will accommodate your pet(s) by making the reservation for your pet(s) at the same time you make your reservation. Also, be sure you have a pet kennel/carrier that is approved by the F.A.A. (Federal Aviation Administration). It would be very frustrating to show up at the airport ready to put your pet(s) on a plane to travel with you, only to find out your pet kennel/carrier is not approved. There are many approved carriers on the market. We used the following and had no problem with either our cat or our dog. Airline approved pet carrier (please let us know if this link is broken)

For information about bringing different types of pets into Germany, check out this site (search for the word "dog" when you get to the site). This is the site I used to get the bilingual form required for Germany to give to my veterinarian. This is one of two forms you will need. The second form comes from your veterinarian. Make sure your vet fills out the form properly. The USDA refused my form the first time because the vet did not fill it out right. Also the forms are only good for 10 days (as of March 1, 2012). Make sure you have ample time to get the proper microchip(s), vaccination(s), and appointment with your local USDA for health form approval. The forms are attached to this post.

I can only assist you with Miami since that is where my experience is. This is the Miami facility for having your health forms approved. If you need help with your state, perhaps someone at the Miami facility can help you with information in your area.

MAKE SURE YOUR PET(s) HAVE AN ISO MICROCHIP THAT IS ACCEPTED BY EUROPE BEFORE GETTING SHOTS! Your vet is supposed to have identified your pet using the ISO reader prior to giving injections. I ordered the chip with plenty of time in advance, and got my veterinarian to implant the chip. The chip implantation can take place any time before the vaccinations. It is the vaccinations that are time sensitive. Also, for some reason, it is best to have the microchip implanted at least one day prior to the vaccinations so the dates on the form show the ISO chip implanted prior to vaccinations. For some reason it helps prove your vet could identify your pet with the ISO chip before vaccinating. The link above is where I bought my ISO chips. You may find a better price elsewhere, although at the time of this writing, I could not find a better price. By the way, once you get here, you'll want to take care of this.

Note: We have seen far too many people get a chip implanted at their veterinarian only to find out that the vet implanted the wrong type of chip. It is far simpler to just order the chip yourself and take it to your vet for implantation. This will keep you from having to implant a second chip after your vet implants the wrong one, not to mention you won't have to pay for two chips. That, and the veterinarians usually charge far more than the price at the link provided here.

When we got to Germany, we stayed at a hotel on base. Animals were not allowed, so we had to board our pets at a kennel. We took our pets to Rainbow Farm. The facilities are amazingly huge. Nothing like the cramped cages in the U.S. If Rainbow Farm does not have space for you, they can recommend elsewhere. If you call Rainbow Farm, ask for Peter and tell him EverythingKMC.com sent you. Peter is very helpful.

Also, as mentioned earlier, make sure you get an airline approved pet carrier for your pet(s). You don't want to get to the airport and find out that the airline won't take your pet because you have the wrong carrier. When you purchase your carrier, if it is approved, it will say so on the package or tag. I got my airline approved pet carriers here.

Keeping Your Pet Comfortable During Flight

Since your pet(s) will be in their kennel for upwards of 10+ hours, you want to make sure there is some kind of absorbent material on the bottom. Otherwise your pet may be laying in its own mess for a while. And, if you put a bowl of water in the kennel with your pet, the first time the plane makes a turn the water will all spill out. I bought some of the bottles used for gerbils/hamsters/rabbits. They are the plastic bottle with the metal tube that has a ball bearing. When your pet licks the tube, water comes out. I secured the bottle to the crate so my dog and cat could have fresh water any time during the flight. I also stopped giving my dog and cat their water bowl about a week before the flight so they could get used to the idea of drinking from the water bottle. My cat caught on pretty quickly, but my dog is apparently a moron.

If anyone else has tips or experience, please feel free to chime in here.

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Note: The rules are subject to change. Please make sure you check the info above. We do update the info when we are given new info by our members.

Update: Thank you to AngieP for sending us the latest forms! The forms can be found in AngieP's post, here, as well as attached to this post.

Update: Another update, thanks to OPLAW11. There is a new seven page form that is required. The info can be found here, and the new form is attached below. The form is called ge_bil_non_com_movement_pet14.pdf

bilingual form.pdf
annotated non commercial certificate.pdf
InternationalREGS.pdf
ge_bil_non_com_movement_pet14.pdf
APHIS7001.pdf
USDA SERVICE CENTERS.pdf



9 years, 2 months ago

Has anyone recently brought their pet birds to Germany with them? We are bringing three quakers with us and would like to know what all was required to get them into the country. So far all that I can gather is that they need an International Health Certificate.

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9 years, 1 month ago

Quote by dbivand:
Has anyone recently brought their pet birds to Germany with them? We are bringing three quakers with us and would like to know what all was required to get them into the country. So far all that I can gather is that they need an International Health Certificate.


I have heard that birds get quarantined.

I suggest you use the info in the first post to call USDA.

Native
9 years, 1 month ago

This site says it might have to get quarantined if it is not vaccinated against some parrot (?) disease

9 years, 1 month ago

Quote by Native:




This site says it might have to get quarantined if it is not vaccinated against some parrot (?) disease



Good info, Native. Thank you.


Here are more direct links from that first link:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:2007R0318:20091211:EN:PDF

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:2007R0318:20091211:EN:HTML

8 years, 6 months ago

Here is what I learned today during a visit with the Scott AFB Veterinary Clinic concerning our upcoming PCS.

First off, if at all possible, I highly recommend using a military vet when preparing your pets for Overseas Travel. They do this process on almost a daily basis so are very familiar with the procedures. During our last move to Germany, we used the Lackland AFB Vet and did not have a single problem.

Almost everything JOFTAA stated above still applies. Compatible microchips are becoming more common in the States. We have two cats which we adopted from shelters. One of them actually has a ISO 11785 compatible microchip (called a Home Again microchip). The military vets can check the chips to see if they are compatible. The military vets keep the required micochips in stock.

If you have a current rabies certificate for your pet, then a rabies shot is not required before the microchips are inserted. If a shot is due, they can do it the same day the chip is inserted.

Basically, you will have to make two trips to the vet. The first about 30 days before your departure. The vet should complete the required forms (see JOFTAA post) that must be completed and sent to the regional USDA Office for signature and return (Here at Scott they normally Fedex it and have it back in less than a week). This form is good for 30 days after signature. The second has to be no more than 10 days prior to departure to obtain the forms required by the airlines.

Pet information.pdf

8 years, 6 months ago

DcCow - Remember that as civilians, there is no access to a military vet to get all of this done. Also, there are Home Again chips that are NOT ISO chips. As of this writing, most vets who implant a Home Again chip are not implanting the proper ISO type.

For our move to Germany, we had absolutely NO ACCESS to ANYTHING military. If we had the opportunity to use a military veterinarian, we certainly would have. That surely would have made things much easier.

We used a 'civilian vet' as that is all we could use. We had to have our forms done twice because of errors. It is a painful process to have to drive all the way to USDA just to find out the forms are wrong.

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
DcCow - Remember that as civilians, there is no access to a military vet to get all of this done.

For our move to Germany, we had absolutely NO ACCESS to ANYTHING military. If we had the opportunity to use a military veterinarian, we certainly would have. That surely would have made things much easier.


I am a civilian employee of DoD and have access to the military vet for the purpose of my overseas move! Used them during my initial hire/move to Germany and using them again for this PCS.

Since your wife was being hired by DoD - you could have used her orders to have your pet(s) paperwork accomplished at the nearest military vet facility.

How did you do your TMO briefing and set up your move to Germany? Who shipped your vehicle (if you shipped one)? The orders would have given you access to the military base to conduct any and all processing you need to accomplish your move overseas.

Unfortunately, you probably did not know that you could utilize them - which is one of the reasons for your site here.

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by DcCow:
I am a civilian employee of DoD and have access to the military vet for the purpose of my overseas move! Used them during my initial hire/move to Germany and using them again for this PCS.

Since your wife was being hired by DoD - you could have used her orders to have your pet(s) paperwork accomplished at the nearest military vet facility.

How did you do your TMO briefing and set up your move to Germany? Who shipped your vehicle (if you shipped one)? The orders would have given you access to the military base to conduct any and all processing you need to accomplish your move overseas.

Unfortunately, you probably did not know that you could utilize them - which is one of the reasons for your site here.


The last sentence of you post is exactly correct. Our orders mentioned nothing about access to any base. I am not even sure where the nearest vet facility would be from Miami. Our car was shipped via one of the carriers provided to us.

TMO briefing? No dice. There was no TMO briefing. We did not even know, until about a month ago, that we could have our storage paid for here in Miami while we are in Germany.

The communication skills of the people who are supposed to help those PCSing was crap.

8 years, 6 months ago

That is crap! Hopefully you provided DODDS with feedback on their processes.

Was you wife assigned a sponsor when she was hired? Sponsor are normally a wealth of information - as they normally have gone through the exact same process.

8 years, 6 months ago

Our sponsor was as useless as boobs on a bull. We did not even get contacted by our sponsor until 2 days before we left for Germany. Our sponsor did not pick us up at the airport. Instead, they sent a van with a driver and gave us the €200 invoice for it! Nice, eh?!

We did not get our ID cards for a week after we arrived, so unless we could get our sponsor to take us off base, we were stuck on base at the hotel.

Our sponsor story is not a good one. And, there is yet another reason for this site.

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Our sponsor did not pick us up at the airport. Instead, they sent a van with a driver and gave us the €200 invoice for it! Nice, eh?!


I really hope your wife claimed that on her travel voucher for reimbursement!

Quote by JOFTAA:
We did not get our ID cards for a week after we arrived, so unless we could get our sponsor to take us off base, we were stuck on base at the hotel


Your orders and a passport will get you back on base until you get your ID Card - no need to have anyone with sign you on.

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by DcCow:
I really hope your wife claimed that on her travel voucher for reimbursement!



Your orders and a passport will get you back on base until you get your ID Card - no need to have anyone with sign you on.


She did claim the expense, and there was no way, according to everyone we knew, that we could get on base with our orders and passport. Even if we could get on base, we had no privileges for gas, commissary, etc.

8 years, 6 months ago

Attached is the AMC Pet Brochure for those traveling in PCS status on the AMC Chartered Flights (Patriot Express).

Whether flying Commercial or on the Patriot Express, make sure you make your pet reservation as early as possible!

AMC Pet Brochure.pdf

8 years, 6 months ago

Any word on when the rabies shots need to be administered?

I'm within 30 days of my flight to Ramstein and I thought I was good to go, except for the final 10-day travel certificates. I called the vet and the tech told me that if the rabies shots aren't at least 30 days old, I can't bring my 2 cats into Germany. In other words, they won't be allowed until the shots are more than 30 days old. Make sense?

Anyway, this is the first time I've heard this and it's very distressing, since it means I'll either be out a lot of money to keep the cats here until that 30 days is up and ship them privately or I'll have to delay my flight to Ramstein, which may be a royal pain to arrange.

I have NEVER heard of this rule before and can find no reference for it on the web. But that doesn't mean she's wrong. Can anybody shed some light on this for me, preferably ASAP?

Info:
microchips, check (HomeAgain, good to go)
rabies, overdue
PCS date, 10 Mar 11

8 years, 6 months ago

Double check your micro chip. I've seen this before, and it won't be the last time. If your chip is not the ISO chip, it is not the right chip. How many digits does your pet's chip display? If the answer is not 15, you have the wrong chip. This is all outlined in the first post of this topic. I have seen others with HomeAgain chips that are not ISO compliant.

Regarding the rabies shot. Unless your pet was overdue to begin with, you should be OK. In other words, if you got your rabies shot six months ago, it is still valid. Depending on which rabies vaccine your pet got, it is good for between 1 and 3 years. So, unless you did not get your pet vaccinated in the proper time frame, you should be OK. The other scenario is that if you waited to within 30 days of the vaccine being needed again, then you MIGHT have a problem. Discuss it with the USDA veterinarian. But, as far as I recall, as long as your pet was never overdue for a shot, you're OK. I am not sure if your comment in your post says you are overdue because your pet's previous rabies shot had expired, or because you just did it and it was not more than 30 days out. I hope I did not confuse you with this. The vaccination issue can be confusing.

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