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Pet Travel Scheme The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. It also means that people in the UK can take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with them to the UK. They can also, having taken their dogs, cats and ferrets to certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need for quarantine. The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases. The European regulation which sets the rules for dogs, cats and ferrets to travel between European Community countries and into the Community from other countries also covers the movement of other pet animals: Pet rabbits and rodents Other pets It is against the law in Great Britain to possess certain types of animals and meeting the requirements of PETS will not change that. For details on importing commercially traded animals contact Animal Health on 01245 358383 or e-mail: AHITChelmsford@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk Defra is carrying out a review of UK rabies policies. Dogs, cats and ferrets The UK does not permit the import of dogs, cats and ferrets that have not been vaccinated against rabies. Once they have reached the minimum age for vaccination (as stated on the vaccine manufacturer's datasheet) they must be prepared in accordance with all the requirements explained on this website, taking account of the required order of preparation. PETS only applies to dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between the UK and certain countries and territories. Dogs, cats and ferrets must not have been outside any of these countries in the 6 calendar months before entering the UK. Before travelling, you must make sure that your pet cats and dogs (including assistance dogs) or your ferret meets all the rules of the Scheme. Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under PETS may only do so on certain sea, air and rail routes. Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK from non-qualifying (unlisted) countries must spend 6 months in quarantine on arrival. Poster: Travelling with pets? (100 KB) Background PETS was introduced for dogs and cats travelling from certain European countries on 28 February 2000. The Scheme was extended to Cyprus, Malta and certain long haul countries and territories on 31 January 2001. Bahrain joined on 1 May 2002. Mainland USA and Canada joined on 11 December 2002. The EU Regulation on the movement of pet animals extended the Scheme to include ferrets, increased the number of qualifying (listed) countries and introduced an EU pet passport and third country veterinary certificate which replace the pets certificate and the tick and tapeworm certificate. For travel to France, the passport also replaces the PETS 5 certificate. It also replaces the export health certificate for travel to other EU countries. Procedures for vets (dogs, cats and ferrets) The number of cats and dogs entering England under PETS each month. Make sure your trip goes smoothly Contacts Background information Fact sheets Further information is available on our Help page about downloading or reading Adobe Acrobat documents. Page last modified: August 13, 2007 PETS: What vets need to do - dogs and cats Vaccination against rabies Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the recommendation on the vaccine manufacturer's data sheet. An approved inactivated vaccine or recombinant vaccine must be used. There are currently 4 authorised rabies vaccines in the UK: Canigen, Nobivac Rabies, Quantum Rabies and Rabisin. The vaccine must be approved in the country of use. Before vaccinating the animal, you must read its microchip. You can vaccinate any time after the microchip has been fitted. If an animal has been vaccinated before it was microchipped, it will have to be vaccinated again. 21 day wait For EU countries where more stringent entry requirements do not apply, the EU has introduced a wait of 21 days from the date of the first rabies vaccination before a pet can enter those EU countries. However, if the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet requires more than one vaccination to complete the primary vaccination protocol, the 21 day wait applies from the date of the final vaccination of that protocol. Record of vaccination Enter the following details in section IV of the animal’s passport or official third country veterinary certificate if the animal is being prepared in a non-EU listed country, and vaccination record: its date of birth/age the microchip number, date of insertion and its location in the animal date of vaccination the vaccine manufacturer, product name and batch number the date by which the booster vaccination must be given (the “Valid until” date) (calculated by reference to the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet). Booster vaccinations After an animal has been vaccinated, it must be given booster vaccinations to remain qualified for PETS. This must be done by the “Valid until” date on the animal’s EU pet passport, third country veterinary certificate or PETS certificate and recorded in section IV of the passport or third country official veterinary certificate and on the animal’s vaccination record. The revaccination interval for cats may be different to that for dogs (refer to the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet). Read the microchip before revaccination. Booster vaccinations are valid for entry to the UK and other EU countries from the date given provided they are given on time (according to the instructions in the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet where the previous vaccination was given). Since it may take time for some EU Member States to adopt this change into their import legislation, pet owners are advised to contact the authorities of the relevant EU country to confirm the appropriate timing of the rabies vaccination under their current import regulations. Missed boosters If the revaccination date is missed, the animal will have to be vaccinated and, for entry to the UK, blood tested again. The details in section V of the passport headed “In case of a further test” must then be completed – in Great Britain by an LVI. The animal will have to wait 6 calendar months from the date a blood sample was taken that gave satisfactory result following revaccination before it may enter the UK under PETS. To travel to an EU country following a missed booster, the 21 day wait will apply. Animals that always have their booster on time will not need a further blood test, nor be subject to a further 21 day or 6 month wait. Next steps The next step is either a blood test or, for a pet not returning to the UK, or whose owner wants the blood sample to be taken in another listed country, issue a passport. Note that a blood test is required for pets to enter Malta and, from countries other than the UK, the Republic of Ireland. Page last modified: December 19, 2006 PETS: Have your pet microchipped Microchipping Type of microchip Your pet must first be fitted with a microchip to identify it. We do not specify a particular type or brand of microchip to be used but, in Europe, ISO (International Standards Organisation) Standard microchips meeting specifications 11784 or Annex A of ISO Standard 11785 are generally used. If the microchip does not meet either of these ISO Standards, you must provide your own microchip reader (at your expense) to enable the microchip number to be read successfully when your animal enters the UK or needs to be checked in a European PETS country. Fitting a microchip You can get your pet fitted with a microchip at any time but remember it must be done before it is vaccinated against rabies and then blood tested. (There is an exception to this rule for pets resident in certain countries). Your vet should read the microchip number in your pet and record it on your pet’s vaccination record at the time of vaccination. Make sure that the microchip number is also correctly recorded on the EU pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate at the time of issue. The microchip should be inserted according to the manufacturer's instructions (and any national rules that may apply). To ensure that the microchip works, its number should be read before and after it has been fitted. Get your vet to read the microchip every time you visit. You should now arrange to have your pet vaccinated against rabies. Further information Questions and answers about microchipping and identification. UK microchip manufacturers/suppliers contact details. Page last modified: October 3, 2006 Vaccinated. This will allow your pet to enter most other EU countries. However to enter or re-enter the UK, and to enter Malta, and to enter Sweden and Ireland other than direct from the UK, your pet must have a blood test. Your vet will advise you on the timing of this. This can be done before you leave the UK or while you are in another qualifying country but for entering the UK the 6 month rule will apply. Page last modified: January 2, 2007 PETS: Dogs and cats and ferrets Have your pet treated against ticks and tapeworms Not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before you check-in with an approved transport company for the journey that brings your dog, cat or ferret into the UK, your pet must be treated against ticks and tapeworms and the treatment recorded in sections VI & VII of the EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate. Any vet qualified to practice in a listed country can carry out and record the treatment or issue an official certificate. You must not administer the treatment yourself. The vet will charge you for this service. The treatment must be carried out every time your pet enters the UK. When you arrive at the check-in point, if less than 24 hours has passed since the treatment, you will have to wait until the full 24 hours have passed before you can check in with your pet. If the treatment was done more than 48 hours before you check in, you will have to have your pet treated again, have the treatment recorded in the relevant document or get another official certificate, and wait at least 24 hours before checking in. Pets being taken abroad from the UK on day trips will need to have the treatment carried out in the UK not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before they are checked in for the return journey. Make sure that the vet checks your pet's microchip number before giving the treatment. Treatment Your pet must be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis using a veterinary medicine whose active ingredient is praziquantel. The tick treatment must be licensed for use against ticks and have a marketing authorisation in the country of use. A collar impregnated with acaricide is not an acceptable form of treatment against ticks. Recording treatment on a EU pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate It is your responsibility to make sure your pet’s treatment has been recorded correctly in the appropriate section of your pet’s passport or third country certificate. Animals will fail the PETS check if the tick and tapeworm sections of their documentation are not in order. Do make sure that these details are fully and correctly recorded on the documentation before you leave the vet's surgery: For the EU pet passport Sections VI & VII must show: Manufacturer and name of product Date & time of treatment (using the 24 hour clock) Stamp & signature of veterinarian For the third country official veterinary certificate Sections VI & VII must show: Manufacturer and name of product Date & time of treatment (using the 24 hour clock) Name and address of veterinarian Signature, date and stamp of veterinarian Pets travelling with a passport or a third country official veterinary certificate do not require the following certificate Finding a vet to treat your pet Look in the local Yellow Pages or contact the local British Consulate in the country concerned. In some cases, the transport companies carrying your pet under the Pet Travel Scheme may be able to help you. To make it easier and quicker to find a vet in France, we have provided a link to the French Yellow Pages. You can search for vets by town or city In the box entitled ‘Quoi, Qui’ type Veterinaire In the box entitled ‘Ou’ type the required Town Then click on the button ‘trouver’ A list of vets will appear. You can usually view a location map and sometimes a photo of the premises by clicking on the appropriate buttons. If you want to do a new search, scroll to the foot of the page and amend the search details, then click on the trouver button. Why pets have to be treated The tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis can cause a serious or fatal liver disease in humans. The tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus can carry diseases that are harmful to humans. Neither of these parasites is thought to be currently present in the UK. The treatment needs to be given not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before the pet is checked in to travel to the UK to ensure that the tapeworm eggs are not shed in the UK. Human diseases caused by the ticks and tapeworm In humans, the fox tapeworm, Echinococcus multilocularis, can cause a serious and often fatal disease called alveolar echinococcosis. This produces effects similar to liver cancer. Symptoms include abdominal pain, jaundice, fever and anaemia and tapeworm cysts may develop in the liver. Treatment may involve surgery or lifelong chemotherapy. Without treatment the disease is usually fatal. This tapeworm is not found in the UK, but is present in France, Germany, and other parts of continental Europe. The tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus can carry a range of diseases including Boutonneuse Fever (also known as Mediterranean Spotted Fever). Although this disease can usually be treated with antibiotics, up to 2.5% of cases are fatal. Dogs are the main host for the tick that carries and transmits this disease. The fever and the tick are absent from the UK but are widespread throughout the Mediterranean including Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Page last modified: April 16, 2008 PETS: Dogs, cats and ferrets Qualifying non-European Union countries and territories UK-resident dogs, cats and ferrets can, having travelled to any of the non-EU countries or territories shown below, can return to the UK under the Scheme. Pets that come from any of these countries can also enter the UK under PETS as long as they meet the rules. Pets can enter the UK via any other EU or non-EU listed country. Pets must not have been outside any of the EU or non-EU listed countries in the 6 calendar months before travelling to the UK. Andorra Antigua & Barbuda Antilles Argentina Norway Aruba Guam Ascension Island Australia Bahrain Barbados Belarus Bermuda Bosnia-Herzegovina British Virgin Canada Cayman Chile Croatia Falkland Islands Fiji French Grenadines Hawaii Hong Kong Iceland Islands Jamaica (1) Japan Liechtenstein Malaysia (3) Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Monaco Montserrat Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Polynesia Russian Federation (2) San Marino Singapore St Helena St Kitts & Nevis St Pierre & Miquelon St Vincent Switzerland Taiwan Trinidad and Tobago United Arab Emirates (4) USA (mainland) Vanuatu Vatican Wallis & Futuna (1) Although Jamaica is a qualifying country under the EU Regulation, Jamaican law currently prevents the involvement of that country in PETS. PETS-prepared animals may not enter Jamaica and animals may not be prepared for PETS in Jamaica. (2) The Russian Federation consists of 88 subjects (regions). Please note that the following Republics are NOT part of the Russian Federation; Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. (3) The import into UK quarantine of dogs and cats from Malaysia (Peninsula) is prohibited unless health certification provided by the Malaysian veterinary authorities is provided which confirms that the cat or dog: has had no contact with pigs during at least the 60 days prior to export; and has not been resident on holdings where during the past 60 days any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed; and has been subjected with a negative result to an IgC capture ELISA test carried out in a laboratory approved for testing for antibody against the Nipah disease viruses by the competent veterinary authorities on a sample of blood taken within 10 days of export. In order to enquire about arrangements for the test to be carried out and obtaining the health certification, you will need to contact the Malaysian veterinary authorities on 006 03 88702000. The original health certification must accompany the dog/cat to the UK and be handed to the authorised carrying agent nominated to collect the dog/cat from the port/airport of landing in the UK. (4) The UAE consists of the following states Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Al Fujairah. The maximum number of all types of pet animals each person may bring into the EU from most non-EU listed countries is (5) This rule does not apply to animals brought from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican. There is more important information about bringing pets to the UK from non-EU listed countries. Questions and answers on listed countries A fact sheet on PETS and non-EU listed countries is available. Page last modified: April 10, 2008 PETS: Dogs, cats and ferrets Non-EU listed countries - more information. Travelling to the UK from a non-EU listed country or territory Your dog, cat or ferret can either travel to the UK direct from your country on an approved route if one is available or it can travel to one or more of the EU or non-EU listed countries listed countries on its way to the UK. It must then enter the UK with an approved transport company on an authorised route (see below). The tick and tapeworm treatment must be given not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked-in with an approved transport company that brings it into the UK. If during your journey to the UK your pet transits an unlisted country it must remain within the perimeter of the airport of that country or secured within the vessel if travelling by sea. You will need a letter from the transport company to confirm that this was the case. Quarantine and Early Release If your pet enters the UK with an unapproved transport company or on an unauthorised route you will need to arrange for it to be licensed into quarantine. It can be released from quarantine as soon as a documentary check confirms that it complies with the PETS rules. This usually takes no more than a few working days. Before you travel you will need to get an application form to obtain an import licence to get your pet into quarantine. You will have to meet the costs of quarantine. Well before your departure, check with your airline that they can: arrange for your pet to travel in an IATA approved container; ensure that all the documentation travels with your pet (the container should have a wallet for the documents fixed to it). You may wish to keep copies of the documentation for reference Animals entering quarantine can have the tick and tapeworm treatment carried out while they are in the quarantine premises. Your pet will be able to get early release from quarantine only if the veterinary supervisor at the quarantine premises is satisfied that your pet qualifies. If your pet does not qualify for early release, it will have to undergo six months quarantine. To obtain more information on quarantine and an application form for an import licence to enter England contact Defra on +44 (0) 1245 358383. If entering Scotland contact the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) on +44 (0)131 244 6182/1. If entering Northern Ireland contact the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland (DARD) on 02890 524 622. Q&A on quarantine and early release Taking your dog, cat or ferret from the UK to an EU country after arriving in the UK from a non-EU country If you wish to continue travelling to another EU country under the Pet Travel Scheme with your dog, cat or ferret after you have arrived in the UK you can use your third country veterinary certificate to do so until it expires. It expires 4 months from the date it was signed or endorsed, or on the “valid until” date shown in Part IV, whichever is earlier. Alternatively, you can apply to a Local Veterinary Inspector (LVI) for an EU pet passport. You are particularly advised to do this if you wish to return to the UK. The passport will be issued on production of your pet’s third country official veterinary certificate, its vaccination record and (for dogs and cats) the blood test result – all of which must show your pet’s microchip number. The “valid until” date on the certificate is the date by which your pet must be revaccinated against rabies – do not miss it. If your animal is not fitted with an ISO (International Standards Organisation) Standard microchip you must travel with a compatible microchip reader. This is because to get an EU pet passport in the UK the vet must be able to read your animal's microchip. You will also need tick and tapeworm treatment from a vet just before returning to the UK. The approved transport company will also check your pet on the return journey. At each of these stages your animal's microchip number will need to be read and the person responsible for doing this is not likely to have an appropriate microchip reader. If your animal's microchip number cannot be read by the vet giving the tick and tapeworm treatment, or by the transport company, or if your animal travels back without valid documentation, it would have to go into quarantine with a view to being released once it can be shown to meet the veterinary requirements of the Scheme (see above for more information on early release). For more information on travelling from the UK to EU countries and returning to the UK see the factsheets. Questions and answers on listed countries Page last modified: November 13, 2006 EU Regulation on the non-commercial movement of pet animals The European Regulation on the animal health requirements for the non-commercial movement of pet animals was published on 13 June 2003 as EC Regulation No. 998/2003. It came into force on 3 July 2003 and applied from 3 July 2004. The Regulation can be downloaded from the European Union (EU) website. The Regulation sets out the requirements for the movement of pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) travelling within the European Community, and into the Community from non-EU countries. It also refers to importation requirements applying to rodents, domestic rabbits, birds (except certain poultry), ornamental tropical fish, invertebrates (except bees and crustaceans), amphibians and reptiles. We are still waiting for more information from Brussels about requirements relating to some of these species. For dogs and cats, the Regulation allowed the rules of the UK Pet Travel Scheme to continue largely unchanged for 5 years until 3 July 2008. The main changes relate to the introduction of a pet passport for dogs, cats and ferrets, an expanded list of qualifying countries, and the requirements for other species. On 4 June 2008, the European Commission published a new Regulation which allows the UK to continue its Pet Travel Scheme rules for a further two years until 30 June 2010. Sweden, Ireland, Malta and Finland are also able to keep their own pet entry rules until that date. This extension has been introduced because the European Commission has not yet published proposals for changes to the European Community pet passport system. This means that the rules for dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK remain in place until 30 June 2010. This page will be updated when the Commission proposals are published. We have produced a brief of questions and answers about the Regulation which will be updated as necessary. Before you travel with a pet travel under the Pet Travel Scheme it is essential that your pet meets the appropriate rules. EU pet passport Dogs, cats and ferrets meeting the necessary requirements may move between EU Member States if they are accompanied by an EU pet passport. All Member States recognise this document. You can view and print the passport from the European Union website (PDF). Certain non-EU listed countries may also issue a passport. Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland are doing so. The passport is accepted for entry to the UK from other Member States and from other qualifying countries. Non-EU countries certificate Pet dogs, cats and ferrets entering the EU (including the UK) from non-EU countries require a Third Country Official Veterinary Certificate (128 KB). This Certificate may only be used to enter the UK when completed and issued in a listed non-EU country. Qualifying or listed countries Dogs, cats and ferrets are able to enter the UK from listed countries provided they meet the relevant requirements. There is important information you should read if you are considering bringing your pet to the UK from north Cyprus (the area north of the Buffer Zone). Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia became qualifying countries on 3 July 2004. Some other countries were also added to the list on 3 July 2004. They are Aruba, Croatia, the Faroe Islands, French Guyana, Greenland, the Grenadines, the Netherlands Antilles and St Pierre & Miquelon. From 20 October 2004 the following countries became qualifying countries for the Pet Travel Scheme: Chile, Hong Kong, Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates plus the Spanish Islands of Cueta and Melilla. From 20 January 2005, Taiwan became a qualifying country. Argentina qualified on 26 July 2005, and Guam, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Belarus and Romania qualified on 2 December 2005. Bulgaria and Bosnia Herzegovina qualified on 10 March 2006 and the British Virgin Islands on 11 July 2006. Malaysia qualified on 8 March 2007. Only some of these countries have approved routes to the UK. Animals that enter the UK on an unapproved route must be licensed into quarantine with a view to obtaining early release. This must be arranged before the animal travels to the UK. There is free movement within the British Isles, including between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, owners with PETS documents are advised to take these with them when travelling with their animal. Pets can be carried on any route within the British Isles subject to the transport company's agreement and conditions of carriage. Further information We have produced factsheets on the EU Regulation and the rules for travelling with dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and rodents. We will continue to update this website with more information as it becomes available. Please contact the PETS helpline if you need further information. Commercially traded animals The EU Regulation also made some amendments to the Balai Directive on commercially traded animals (Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992) which applied from 3 July 2004. For more details on commercially traded animals contact your local Animal Health Divisional Office.
Pet Passport Information The Internet's most complete source of information for traveling with your pet anywhere in the World by car, train or air. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE Most countries including those of the European Union now have a veterinary certificate that is specific to their country. If there is not healthy certificate for the country you are visiting then you should use the International Health Certificate USDA-APHIS 7001 form. It is officially known as "United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals. Some countries require that it be certified by the USDA - See USDA certification http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS The certificate should be issued by your veterinarian as near to the date of travel as possible but never more than 14 days before travel. The certificate should indicate the following: Name of pet Breed Color Age of Pet Country Of Origin Name/address/phone number of the Owner of Pet The certificate should state that: The pet is healthy and free of parasites. The certificate should show the inoculations the pet has been given including the type, the manufacturer and the batch number if possible. The rabies shot must be given at least 30 days before travel and not more than 12 months before travel. Some Countries require that the certificate should be translated into the language of that Country. View the individual regulations by Country at this page: http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm TRAVELING TO AN EU COUNTRY You must use the new EU form 998 Veterinary Certificate when traveling with your pet to any of the Countries of the European Union. CLICK HERE to order online. Commission Regulation (EC) No 2054/2004 of 29 November 2004 amending Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the lists of countries and territories (Text with EEA relevance) THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES, Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC , and in particular Articles 10 and 21 thereof, Whereas: (1) Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 lays down the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and the rules applying to checks on such movement. Part C of Annex II to that Regulation contains a list of third countries where the risk of rabies entering the Community as a result of movements from their territories of pet animals has been found to be no higher than the risk associated with such movements between Member States. (2) Under Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 a list of third countries was to be drawn up before 3 July 2004. To be included on that list, a third country should demonstrate its rabies status and that it complies with certain conditions relating to notification, monitoring, veterinary services, prevention and control of rabies and regulation of vaccines. (3) In order to avoid any unnecessary disturbance in the movements of pet animals, and to allow time for the third countries to provide where necessary additional guarantees, it is appropriate to establish a provisional list of third countries. That list should be based on the data available through the International Office of Epizootic Diseases (OIE - World Organisation for Animal Health), the results of inspections carried out by the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office in the third countries concerned and information gathered by Member States. (4) The list should also be based on the data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the WHO Collaborating Centre for Rabies Surveillance and Research in Wusterhausen and the Rabies Bulletin. (5) The provisional list of third countries should include countries which are free of rabies and countries in respect of which the risk of rabies entering the Community as a result of movements from their territories has been found to be no higher than the risk associated with movements between Member States. (6) Following requests of the competent authorities of the Russian Federation to be included in the list in Part C of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003, it appears appropriate to modify the provisional list established in accordance with Article 10. (7) In the interest of clarity of Community legislation, it is appropriate to replace Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 in its entirety. (8) Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 should therefore be amended accordingly. (9) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION: Article 1 Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Regulation. Article 2 This Regulation shall enter into force on 3 December 2004. This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States. Done at Brussels, 29 November 2004. For the Commission Markos Kyprianou Member of the Commission --------------------------------------------------  OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Council Decision 2004/650/EC (OJ L 298, 23.9.2004, p. 22.) Commission Regulation (EC) No 1193/2005 of 25 July 2005 amending Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of countries and territories (Text with EEA relevance) THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES, Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC , and in particular Articles 10 and 21 thereof, Whereas: (1) Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 lays down a list of third countries and territories from which movement of pet animals to the Community may be authorised, provided that certain requirements are met. (2) A provisional list of third countries was established by Regulation (EC) No 998/2003, as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 592/2004 . That list includes countries and territories which are free of rabies and countries in respect of which the risk of rabies entering the Community as a result of movements from their territories has been found to be no higher than the risk associated with movements between Member States. (3) From information supplied by Argentina it appears that the risk of rabies entering the Community as a result of movements of pet animals from Argentina has been found to be no higher than the risk associated with movements between Member States or from third countries already listed in Regulation (EC) No 998/2003. Therefore Argentina should be included in the list of countries and territories set out in Regulation (EC) No 998/2003. (4) In the interest of clarity that list of countries and territories should be replaced in its entirety. (5) Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 should therefore be amended accordingly. (6) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION: Article 1 Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 is replaced by the Annex to this Regulation. Article 2 This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States. Done at Brussels, 25 July 2005. For the Commission Markos Kyprianou Member of the Commission  OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 425/2005 (OJ L 69, 16.3.2005, p. 3).  OJ L 94, 31.3.2004, p. 7. -------------------------------------------------- ANNEX -------------------------------------------------- "ANNEX II LIST OF COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES PART A IE — Ireland MT — Malta SE — Sweden UK — United Kingdom PART B Section 1 (a) DK — Denmark, including GL — Greenland and FO — Faeroes Islands; (b) ES — Spain, including the continental territory, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla; (c) FR — France, including GF — French Guiana, GP — Guadeloupe, MQ — Martinique and RE — Reunion; (d) GI — Gibraltar; (e) PT — Portugal, including the continental territory, Azores Islands and Madeira Islands; (f) Member States other than those listed in Part A and points (a), (b), (c) and (e) of this Section. Section 2 AD — Andorra CH — Switzerland IS — Iceland LI — Liechtenstein MC — Monaco NO — Norway SM — San Marino VA — Vatican City State PART C AC — Ascension Island AE — United Arab Emirates AG — Antigua and Barbuda AN — Netherlands Antilles AR — Argentina AU — Australia AW — Aruba BB — Barbados BH — Bahrain BM — Bermuda CA — Canada CL — Chile FJ — Fiji FK — Falkland Islands HK — Hong Kong HR — Croatia JM — Jamaica JP — Japan KN — Saint Kitts and Nevis KY — Cayman Islands MS — Montserrat MU — Mauritius NC — New Caledonia NZ — New Zealand PF — French Polynesia PM — Saint Pierre et Miquelon RU — Russian Federation SG — Singapore SH — Saint Helena TW — Taiwan US — United States of America VC — Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VU — Vanuatu WF — Wallis and Futuna YT — Mayotte"