My dog needs his own passport if we are visiting the nearest town in Sweden, which takes a 1-2 hours drive. Not only a pet passport, by the way. We also have to go to the veterinary to get a prescription. Drive to the pharmacy to buy the medicine, then back to the vet, because he or she has to witness the dog getting the pills. Otherwise the dog will not get the confirmation needed in his passport to legally get back to Norway. Withour this paperwork I would have to leave him behind when I go home. The reason: a parasite, Echinococcus multilocularis, detected on a fox or two in Southers Sweden a few years ago.
I usually stay just an hour or so when I visitt this small town in Sweden. So most of the time I can leave the dog behind when I og to Sweden, since it takes so much fuss and so many expences to bring him with me. But these days I must say I feel kind of betrayed with all these regulations concerning my dog. Because at the same time any person, from almost any country in the Middle East, Northern Africa and beyond can just cross the border without any ID, without any medicinal requirements at all, and in any kind of numbers.
There are now new borders restrictions, making it harder to cross, maybe by the day. Now some migrants are even returned to their home countries. And there are some medical examination even for asylum seekers, like tuberculosis screening (about 50 cases detected this year). But all in all, I find it hard to believe that there have to be all this strict rules for a dog crossing the border just for a moment, but for thousands of people from faraway countries that intend to stay, there is almost no such things. Even if their intent is to stay, and probably don’t cross the border just for a visit. As I wrote about a couple of days ago.
Some more dog photos if interested on this link.