EU Countries Contacts:

 Dr Attilio Puzzolante
Veterinary Officer
 Telephone
+356 22925216
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 Dr Karen Gatt
Veterinary Officer
 Telephone
+356 22925172
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Non EU COUNTRIES CONTACT:

 Dr Sabrina Grace Bonnici
Veterinary Officer
 Telephone
+356 21653013

Article 10

Conditions applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals of the species listed in Part A of Annex I

 

Pet animals of the species listed in Part A of Annex I shall not be MOVED INTO A MEMBER STATE FROM A TERRITORY OR A THIRD COUNTRY unless they fulfil the following conditions:

 

(a)   Have been micro-chipped with a Transponder (or a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011);

(b)  An anti-rabies vaccination must fulfil the following conditions:

(a) The vaccine was administered by an authorised veterinarian;

(b) The pet animal was at least 12 weeks old at the date on which the vaccine was administered;

(c) The date of administration of the vaccine is indicated by an authorised veterinarian or an official veterinarian in the appropriate section of the identification document;

(d) The date of administration referred to in point (c) does not precede the date of application of the transponder or tattoo or the date of reading of the transponder or the tattoo indicated in the appropriate section of the identification document;

(e) T​he period of validity of the vaccination starts from the establishment of protective immunity, which shall not be less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for the primary vaccination, and continues until the end of the period of protective immunity, as prescribed in the technical specification of the marketing authorisation referred to in point 1(b) or the approval or licence referred to in point 1(c) for the anti-rabies vaccine in the Member State or territory or third country where the vaccine is administered.

The period of validity of the vaccination is indicated by an authorised veterinarian or an official veterinarian in the appropriate section of the identification document;

(f) a revaccination must be considered a primary vaccination if it was not carried out within the period of validity referred to in point (e) of the previous vaccination.

(e)   ONLY if the animals are coming from territories or third countries listed in part 1 and 2 of territories and third countries, jump to point (k)

(f)  they have undergone a Rabies Antibody Titration Test, that complies with:

1. The collection of the sample of blood necessary to carry out the rabies antibody titration test must be carried out and documented by an authorised veterinarian in the appropriate section of the identification document;

2. The rabies antibody titration test:

(a).   must be carried out on a sample collected at least 30 days after the date of vaccination and:

(i).   Not less than three months before the date of:

— The non-commercial movement from a territory or a third country other than those listed in the implementing acts adopted pursuant to Article 13(1) or (2), or

— The transit through such a territory or third country, where the conditions laid down in point (c) of Article 12 are not fulfilled, or

(ii) Before the pet animal left the Union for movement to or transit through a territory or a third country in PART C or the identification document must confirm that a rabies antibody titration test was carried out with a favourable result before the date of movement;

(b).   Must measure a level of neutralising antibody to rabies virus in serum equal to or greater than 0,5 IU/ml and using a method prescribed in the relevant part of the Chapter concerning rabies in the Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals of the World Organisation for Animal Health;

(c).   Must be performed in a laboratory approved in accordance with Article 3 of Decision 2000/258/EC; the list of Approved Laboratories can be found herehttp://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm

(d).   Does not have to be renewed following a satisfactory result described in point (b), provided that the pet animal is revaccinated within the period of validity referred to in point 2(e) of Annex III of the previous vaccination. 

(g)  Declaration “Derogation from antibody titration test”

CLICK HERE for FORM 3 in English

CLICK HERE for FORM 3 in Maltese

(h) ONLY FOR DOGS: A treatment against Tapeworms (Echinococcus multilocularis infection) with a Praziquantel based product MUST be administered between 24 and 120 hrs prior the arrival in Malta and certified in the specific section of the European Pet Passport;

(i)    Declaration “not intended for sale or transfer of ownership”:

CLICK HERE for FORM 4 in English

CLICK HERE for FORM 4 in Maltese​

(j)  Annex I Part A animals are accompanied by an OFFICIAL VETERINARY HEALTH CERTIFICATE duly completed by an OFFICIAL VETERINARIAN

     Model of anim​al health certificate for non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets ​from territories or ​       third countries can be downloaded from the link below:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/docs/pr_non-comm_model-animal-health-cert_en.doc

(k)  PRE-NOTIFICATION FORM FOR ARRIVAL OR TRANSIT OF LIVE ANIMALS (Maltese Law S.L. 315 of 2004) can be downloaded here : CLICK HE​​RE​​​​ for FORM 1.  The application has to be complete in all its part and has to be sent IN THE SAME FORMAT (EXCEL FILE: .xls ; .xlsx). Other formats will be rejected.​

(l)  If applicable, Written declaration from the owner to carry out the non-commercial movement of the pet animals on behalf of the owner:

CLICK HERE for FORM 2 in English

CLICK HERE for FORM 2 in Maltese

  

Please note:

Model of animal health certificate for non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets from territories or Third Countries

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/docs/pr_non-comm_model-animal-health-cert_en.doc

The forms in the various linguistic versions may be downloaded here:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/pet-regulation_20141229_en.htm

 (See notes for guidance at the end of the certificate).

The health certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the Official Veterinarian until the date of the checks at the travellers' points of entry designated by Member States and for the purpose of further movements within the Union for a total of four months from the date of issue of this certificate or until the date of expiry of the anti-rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

 


 

CUSTOMS DECLARATION

  • ​​​​​​If the animals will fly as “CARGO” under an AIR-WAY BILL Number (AWB) from a OUTSIDE EU, an IMPORT LICENSE may be required under CUSTOMS Regulation. 

If it is the case please contact: airfreight.customs@gov.mt

Other CUSTOMS resources: 

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