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Old 27 Sep 2012
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Travel accross Europe and Asia with a dog?

Does anyone know someone who has travelled accross Europe and Asia overland on motorcycle with a dog?
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Don't know about the other European countries, but in Norway a dog is not considered a passenger, but luggage, and hence you have to abide by laws of safely securing it - that's it. Passengers has to be able to reach the foot pegs... don't know about your dog, but my dog would have some difficulties :P

Besides that, depending on where the dog is from and your point of entry, there may be some restrictions in terms of vaccinations and quarantine. I can't tell you what these laws are though, or if being cleared in one European country will automatically give you clearance through the rest of Europe, but I would assume so.
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Thank you for the prompt reply, that was useful. Would you happen to know of anyone who's rode accross those continents with a dog before?
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Can't help you with your question I'm afraid, but as far as Europe goes, it should be enough to have vaccination certs, "dog-passport", and to carry your dog inside some kind of carrier such as these:

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considering the entire herds of livestock that are carried on little honda scooters in some parts of Asia, I'm sure that an onboard dog wouldn't be much of an issue at all.

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We did meet a couple on a bike with a dog in Thailand, they had been travelling for about two years and they said that the only country that they did not visit because of the dog was the UK. If I remember rightly they were from South America and they did know about this site, so they may reply if your lucky, sorry I do not remember their names.
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I got a rescue cairn terrier in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands are Spanish). Got her a European passport and the required rabies vaccinations (over several months). We travelled then to Madeira (Portuguese), Gibraltar (UK), Spain, France and into the UK. I was sailing a small boat. Nowhere was I asked about the dog's papers, except having to strictly adhere to UK importation requirements.
I sold my boat and bought a BMW R65 this year and now I take 'Loba' riding, in a fishing rucksack on my chest, so her weight id resting between my legs o the petrol tank. She likes it and keeps her head out all the time at all speeds. I went on a 265 mile ride with her like this. I will get some Doggles to protect her eyes.
I have ideas about riding to north Spain and Portugal with Loba as I spent several years along those coasts on my boat. I published two books about the journey.
The Voyage of Storm Petrel. Britain to Senegal Alone in a Boat. Clarissa Vincent.
The Voyage of Storm Petrel. Gambia and Europe Alone in a Boat. Clarissa Vincent.
Both available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
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I met a couple (German) who had brought their Rottweiler with them to India, overland in a truck and said it was no problem.
Can't remember if they went Stans or Iran, Pakistan I'm affraid.

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Pet passport

The whole idea of a pet passport is to try and stop the spread of Rabies and other contagious diseases within monitored countries. To take a dog to India and bring it back is just madness, when you see the condition of dogs there you are putting your dog and yourselves at risk. But there seems to be no stringent checks on the continent and with the UK's tough stance on pet passports we have kept rabies out the country. To take a dog out of the passport zones is irresponsible to both the pet and other people alike, but then some people don't care and I wonder whose interests they have at heart.
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Not sure if I want to take a dog along. We mostly do not even use the eggpowder and milkpowder we haul along as there is food available pretty much everywhere, so no point in taking more food along.

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The whole idea of a pet passport is to try and stop the spread of Rabies and other contagious diseases within monitored countries. To take a dog to India and bring it back is just madness, when you see the condition of dogs there you are putting your dog and yourselves at risk. But there seems to be no stringent checks on the continent and with the UK's tough stance on pet passports we have kept rabies out the country. To take a dog out of the passport zones is irresponsible to both the pet and other people alike, but then some people don't care and I wonder whose interests they have at heart.
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Good point, Richard. To be honest if I ever manage to arrange my trip, I'd love to bring my dog along. Found my friend in a village in China and someway or another he ended up over in the UK with me. Pet passport means just about jack shit over there, so its a surprise to me he even made it! Anyway, Im relocating back to Asia as my student visa is set to expire and as I've decided to travel by land, I've considered bringing him along with me. Of course, subjecting the dog to all of the horrors of overland travel, alongside the fact that the dog will most likely be a liability are logical arguments against doing such a thing. But it never hurts to hear what other people have to say about their experiances - often what we perceive to be the truth is far from reality! - cliche..
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We did meet a couple on a bike with a dog in Thailand, they had been travelling for about two years and they said that the only country that they did not visit because of the dog was the UK. If I remember rightly they were from South America and they did know about this site, so they may reply if your lucky, sorry I do not remember their names.

No need to apologize - Its nice to know something like this has happened in the past!
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Not sure if I want to take a dog along. We mostly do not even use the eggpowder and milkpowder we haul along as there is food available pretty much everywhere, so no point in taking more food along.

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Yeah - too true - cant think the travellers diet would be good for the mutts health and having to lug around three months worth of dog food doesn't seem like such a great idea.
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I'm currently working on a new edition of my book, Dogs Without Borders-Tales & Tips from the Road. I'll send you (and anyone) a free pdf for the next few weeks. And please, if anyone knows others who've traveled overland by moto or vehicle, please let me know for inclusion in the next edition. Lorraine Chittock

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Fantastic Lorraine, I look forward to reading about your experiances!
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