[quote=“sulavaca”]Thanks Straydog. Yes, he was registered with the government here. I am wondering though, I now know that his chip is a Watron type which is what the vet said is becoming most commonly used in Taiwan at this time, but will this chip be readable in the U.K. which is where we may finally end up? It’s not a big deal really as I can always find out once I am there, but just in case anyone already knows.
The next question is that if the dog is all rabies vaccinated and has his book stamped up to date then can he simply fly to the U.K. and come out of the other end or is there a lot of red tape?
One vet in Hsindian suggests that the U.K. is quite vigorous about rabies and that the dog must have blood tests submitted to the U.K. for analysis before he is granted a three month window to get to the U.K. without ending up in quarantine.[/quote]
Better to have a locally popular chip here but change to an ISO chip when preparing to move abroad - or check that your chip is readable by the quarantine office at destination. In the UK, they boast their readers can read “99.9 percent of all chips”; one way to check is to send a similar chip to that office and ask them to see if they can read it and email you the results. You need to have a UK-readable chip in your dog at least 6 months before you travel, if you want to avoid quarantine.
Is Watron 15 digits? If so, it’s ISO readable, or at least should be.
To ship to the UK, the dog needs to be chipped, then vaccinated against rabies, then blood taken two weeks later and sent to a DEFRA recognised lab to be tested for sufficient levels of antibodies. If the blood passes, you can ship the dog into the UK no sooner than 6 months after the blood was taken (keep up to date with boosters - check on the DEFRA site for how often would be necessary). One month before departure, you need to book the dog on the plane, having purchased and sized up a suitable crate (one where the dog can sit up without his or her ears touching the roof). Less than 10 days before departure, get a health certificate from a govt recognized Taiwan vet, and take the dog and your travel docs and the cert to the govt quarantine office for an export permit.
That’s a brief summary - I think random has posted the finer details elsewhere on Forumosa.
By the way, is this for the pup that you took in a while back and were adamant about not keeping? Hats off to you, mate. :bravo: