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Does Your Dog Need a Pet Passport to Travel to Other Countries?

March 26th, 2010 2 comments

Traveling Internationally With Your Dog

If you are planning on traveling to another country with your dog, it is best to do some careful homework well prior to your planned trip.  Most countries have very specific rules concerning pet immigration.  Making advance arrangements and checking out the laws of the country of destination will help avoid problems when you try to take your pet abroad.

Create a Pet Passport for Your Dog Prior to Traveling Internationally

Create a Pet Passport So You Don't Have to Leave Your Dog Behind When You Travel

A pet passport is a set of all identifying and health-related documents the destination country requires for pets to enter the country.  Again, different countries have different requirements concerning what is demanded.  But travelers who do not have all their pet’s documentation in order may end up having their pet placed in quarantine upon arrival in the destination country.  

For members of the general public traveling outside the United States with pets, the U.S. Department of State recommends the following:

  • Contact the appropriate embassy in Washington to confirm the destination country’s entry requirements.  Some embassies will provide forms in English for your veteranarian to complete.  Note that some countries do not permit pets to enter at all and others mandate quarantine in all instances. 
  • Review the list of International Animal Export Regulations compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
  • Check the destination country’s requirements to see how close to departure any required veterinary examination, vaccinations and tests must be scheduled. 
  • Arrange with your veterinarian to have the required vaccinations and certifications completed within the specified time period.

Pet Travel provides pet passport, immigration and quarantine information on more than 100 different countries and is an excellent resource for people wishing to take their dogs along when they see the world.

Additional Resources:  Visit Dog-Friendly Rotterdam in The Netherlands; Visit Dog-Friendly Gothenburg, Sweden

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Visit Dog-Friendly Gothenburg, Sweden

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

Dogs are Welcome in Gothenburg, Sweden 

Beautiful Dog-Friendly Gothenburg, Sweden

Beautiful Dog-Friendly Gothenburg, Sweden

To say that Gothenburg, Sweden is a dog-friendly city is a bit of an understatement.  On a recent visit to this beautiful town on Sweden’s southwest coast, my husband and I were not surprised to see many residents walking their dogs throughout the city.  European cities tend to be more dog-friendly than many American cities.  But we were surprised to see a couple in a grocery store with their happy and well-behaved black Labrador Retriever.  And this was not a service dog.  He was a companion animal just accompanying his family on a routine chore.

Dog-Friendly Tourist Destinations in Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is a wonderful summertime tourist destination.  The famous Botanical Gardens is a lush 430-acre park in the heart of the city.  There is no charge to enter the Gothenburg Botanical Gardens, and dogs are welcome so long as they are kept on a leash.

Another dog-friendly tourist destination is the old world fortress at Nya Alvsborgs Fastning.  Located approximately five miles from the city center, the fortress is accessible by boats departing from the Lilla Bommen marina several times a day from May through August.  Nya Alvsborgs Fastning features daily guided tours, sampling of local beers, old world crafts, and summer evening musical concerts.  Best of all, pets are permitted in most parts of the fortress.

One of the biggest tourist destinations in Gothenburg is the amusement park resort at Liseberg.  Featuring the biggest roller coaster in the Nordic countries, the park is open April through October each year.  Inside the park itself, only rescue and guide dogs are permitted.  However, vacation packages including accommodations are available, and some of the hotels and cottages are dog-friendly.  For example, dogs may stay in the Bohusbyn and Timmerbyn cottages with the payment of an extra charge.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Gothenburg, Sweden

Speaking of dog-friendly accommodations, there are several to chose from in Gothenburg.  The following conveniently located hotels are all pet-friendly:

  • Comfort Hotel City Center.   This hotel is located near Casino Cosmopol.  Convenient to shopping and museums, the Comfort Hotel City Center is smoke-free and pet-friendly.
  • Quality Hotel 11.  Situated in a refurbished shipyard building in the heart of the Port of Gothenburg, the Quality Hotel 11 is located near the city center and is a smoke-free, pet-friendly accommodation.
  • Quality Hotel Panorama is located near Liseberg, the “largest amusement park in Scandinavia.”   It is pet-friendly and close to several museums and other attractions.

Sweden is a Member of the Pet Travel Scheme

Sweden, like most Eurpoean Union countries, is a member of the Pet Travel Scheme, which allows certain pets, including dogs, from countries belonging to the Scheme to enter the country without quarantine so long as they meet specified requirements.  The United States belongs to the Scheme as well.  Here is some additional information about Sweden’s requirements for obtaining a pet passport.

Additional Resource:  Visit Dog-Friendly Rotterdam in The Netherlands

Beautiful Dog-Friendly Gothenburg, Sweden

Leashed Dogs are Welcome in Gothenburg Botanical Gardens

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