The Different Steps to Travel With Your Pets

1/ Get your pet microchipped

The first thing you need to do is to take your pet to the vet to get microchipped. The identifying microchip is an integrated circuit placed under the pet’s skin. It need to meet the International Standard Organization criterion and meet the 11784 specifications or annex A of ISO standards 11 785. The vet need to make sure that the microchip is readable, every pet have an identification number. It is very important because if the pet microchip fails, it won’t be allowed to travel.

2/ Vaccination

Then, your pet need to be vaccinated against rabies. It is a disease that causes inflammation of the brain. The vaccination needs to be done after the pet have been microchipped, but before vaccinating your pet, make sure that the vet read the microchip number and record it in your pet vaccination record. You also need to make sure that all the information concerning your pet are recorded such as the date of birth, the date when the microchip was implanted and the location of the microchip, the date of vaccination, the vaccine product name, the batch number, and the date the booster vaccination is due.

A wait of 21 days from the date of the first rabies vaccination is required before your pet can enter European countries. However, if the pet required more than one vaccination, the 21 days are counted from the date of the final vaccination.

After vaccinating your pet, a booster vaccination will be required regularly, the date will be written by the vet in the vaccination record.

3/ Get an EU pet passport

The passport is issued by the Local Veterinary Inspector. Your vet or your local Animal Health Office will be able to tell you where to find one. Do not forget to take you dog with you, with its vaccination record and the blood test results if it is applicable.

The EU pet passport is accepted by all European Union countries. It should include your pet microchip number, the date the microchip was implanted and the record of the rabies vaccination. However, to enter or re-enter certain countries like the UK, Malta, Sweden and Ireland, other than direct from the UK, a blood test is also required.

4/ Exceptions

To enter Sweden, your pet must be treated for tapeworms from 1 to 10 days before you enter Sweden. Tapeworms are parasites most commonly found in cat and dog intestines.

When the pets travel directly from the UK to Ireland, there are no requirements.

5/ Advice

Contact the embassy of the country that you want to enter to check the requirement, remember that it can slightly differ from a country to another.

You may also research the local veterinarians’ offices before you leave for your holiday as this will cut down on the stress if your animal falls ill during your trip.

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Singapore to Johor: The Best Ways to Travel From Singapore to Johor Bahru

Crossing the border between Singapore and Malaysia brings you to the modern city of Johor Bahru, or simply Johor: The “capital” of southern Malaysia, from where you can travel to many destinations across the Malay Peninsula by plane, bus or train. Johor Bahru is also a hub for low-cost international flights, but before anything else, it is a popular day trip destination for travellers visiting Singapore.

It is, therefore, quite important to know what are the best ways of travelling between these two cities, so instead of wasting time on the road, or at the checkpoint, you can spend that time shopping or sightseeing.

One of the easiest ways to get to Woodlands Checkpoint, on the Singapore side of Johor-Singapore causeway, or to Johor Bahru itself, is to take a public bus.

SBS bus No. 170 can be boarded at either Queen Street Terminus, or Rochor Road (both are in the City centre), but you can also travel by the MRT subway to Kranji Station and take the bus from there (The bus stop is opposite the station and the racecourse).

The first bus leaves Queen Street at 05:20 am and the last one departs slightly after midnight.

The bright yellow buses of Causeway Link run along the same route, and they might even prove to be more convenient than those of SBS: CW1 connects MRT-Kranji with Johor Bahru, while CW2 departs from Queen Street Terminus and travels all the way to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru.

Causeway Link’s third route, CW3, travels via the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link and is of little interest to tourists.

The Singapore-Johor Express (SJE) also departs from Queen Street Terminus and travels all the way to Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru.

The bus first stops at the checkpoint on the Singaporean side of the border. After you are through with the immigration, you can just hop on the next bus that comes along and cross the causeway to the checkpoint on the Malaysian side of the border (do not throw your ticket). After clearing the Malaysian checkpoint, you can catch the bus again (your ticket is still valid) to the Johor Bus Terminus, or you can walk to town.

Those of you who wish to travel directly from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Johor Bahru, can use Transtar Travel’s shuttle No. TS-1, which drives passengers all the way to Kotaraya Bus Terminal, in the centre of Johor Bahru.

Have a nice journey.

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