Pet passports & health booklets

Pets can enter Belgium by airplane in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo, by ferry or by car. You need a valid EU pet passport to enter Belgium with a pet. That means that your pet should be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip and have proof of a current anti- rabies vaccination. The anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid 21 days from the date of completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for the primary vaccination in the country in which the vaccination is administered. However, the anti-rabies vaccination shall be considered as valid from the date of revaccination (booster) where the vaccine is administered within the period of validity indicated by the manufacturer of a previous vaccination in the country in which the previous vaccination was administered. The vaccination shall be considered as a primary vaccination in the absence of veterinary certification attesting the previous vaccination. 

Basic regulations

Your dog should be kept on a leash most of the time. While walking outside of public places and housing areas, dogs are allowed off the leash but your dog should be put on the leash or called to you temporarily when passing others. Failing to pick up after your pet can result in being charged a fine. 

Pets in public transportation

Dogs are allowed on public transportation in Belgium, including bus, tram, underground, suburban trains and trains. Small dogs travelling in a fully-enclosed bag or container can travel free of charge. While all other dogs (including small dogs not in a container) must wear a leash and pay ticket. On belgian buses and trams, dogs travel for free. Additionally, the driver may not let pets travel when the bus or tram is full, or if they inconvenience other passengers. In Brussels, public transport is run by STIB. While smaller dogs that can be held on a lap can travel for free, a ticket is needed for other dogs. Additionally, a muzzle is required for these dogs.

Pets in cafes & restaurants

The vast majority of cafes and restaurants accept dogs, if they don’t you will see a sign on the door telling you so, just in case, you should ask when entering the place. When making a reservation we advise you to inform them that you are taking your dog, depending on the restaurant they accept only a certain number of dogs at the same time, or they might reserve a table more comfortable for you.

Vet care

There are many licensed veterinarians in every city in Belgium. In case you know beforehand your exact route in Belgium, please visit do your research on veterinary clinics and get in touch with them in advance. If in Brussels visit http://www.housecallvet.be/

Stores and shopping malls

Dogs are allowed to enter stores and shopping malls in Belgium. Of course, the owner of the store has the right to say no, but this is rarely the case. 

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