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Cat traveling by train, Zurich to Berlin

Hi all,

Apologies if there is something similar listed in the archives- I've had a good search but didn't manage to turn anything up, so thought I would post.

My ancient kitty (@21 years) and I are going to Berlin on the night train next week. Fiance and I are going to the US to get married and honeymoon, and she'll be there with his sister for a month. She travels quite well and has an EU pet passport (current, issued in the UK several years ago), but I have a few concerns and am hoping someone has some recent or fairly recent experience with transporting a cat/dog with the EU pet passport into Germany via train.

1) What should I expect re: customs? The last time I took the train to Germany, the guard came and took my passport and then it was returned, no problem, no questions. Do I need to declare the cat to someone (we will be in a sleeping compartment, private, so they probably won't realize she is there, but she's also a meezer mix and may yowl loudly to greet whomever opens the door...)?

2) The German regulations state that the rabies vaccination must be issued within the last twelve months, but not less than 30 days previously. My cat has a 24 month rabies vaccine (pet passport gives the date given and the expiry date, certified by the veterinarian, which is December 23, 2012). Obviously it's been more than 12 months but she is not due for another until December. We elected not to fly on the offchance of getting some jobsworth who would not see reason and refuse us entry on the past 12 months issue. Is this likely to be an issue on the train? I can't see that as a real concern but partner is pretty concerned that there could be issues.

Obviously we are probably way overly paranoid, especially as she's on her 5th country and we have never had any issues before, but any advice or weighing in on experiences with EU pet passports and border crossing by train would be WELCOME.
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Re: Cat traveling by train, Zurich to Berlin

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/live...s/qanda_en.htm

http://europa.eu/travel/pets/index_en.htm

If by German Railways:

http://www.bahn.com/i/view/DEU/en/pr...ard_fare.shtml

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Notes for taking dogs
If you would like to travel with your dog it’s not a problem!

If you would like to take a larger dog which cannot be transported in a transport container as hand luggage, you pay the same fare as children between 6-14. This rule applies to both standard and saver fares. On the other hand, you can take small dogs (up to the size of a domestic cat) in a transport container at no cost. For safety reasons larger dogs have to be kept on a lead and wear a muzzle. Guide dogs for the blind and companion dogs for disabled people do not have to wear a muzzle . Unfortunately it is not possible to book tickets for dogs online. It is also not possible to reserve seats for dogs.

On international journeys you will pay the same fare for dogs as the 2nd Class fare for children.

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Re: Cat traveling by train, Zurich to Berlin

Hi JrsPet,

Thanks for these- they are of course useful, and I've actually already read them all and familiarized myself with them- I'm just hoping for some actual personal experiences of other forum members!



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