Pet Travel Scheme
Part One – The Rules
enter or re-enter the UK
from other EU countries without quarantine your pet (cat, dog or ferret) must be microchipped & vaccinated against rabies. They must be issued with an EU pet passport and treated against
Where PETS procedures can be carried
Your pet can be fitted with a
microchip in any country. Rabies vaccinations & tapeworm treatment must be carried out in the UK or any of the listed countries
Part Two – Preparing Your Pet
Step 1: The Microchip
must be fitted with a microchip. We recommend that it meets ISO Standard 11784 or 11785. If the microchip does not meet one of these standards you must provide a reader that can read the microchip number at the time of inspection.
Step 2: The Rabies Vaccination
being prepared to enter or re-enter the UK must be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendation of the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet. They must be vaccinated after a microchip has been
implanted. We will read the microchip before we vaccinate your pet.
pet was vaccinated before the microchip was fitted, it will have to be vaccinated again. This is to make sure that it correctly identified when vaccinated.
your pet has been vaccinated, it will need booster vaccinations. These must be given
by the “Valid Until” date in Section IV of the passport and be recorded on the vaccination record and in Section IV of the passport.
booster is missed, your pet will have to be vaccinated again and have to wait another 3 weeks before travelling.
Step 3: The Blood Test
As of the
1st January 2012 it is now no longer compulsory to demonstrate an effective antibody response to the rabies vaccine and animals can travel 21 days after the date of
Step 4: Documentation
your pet all these steps have been achieved correctly, you will then be able to obtain an EU pet passport.
Step 5: Treatment Against Parasites
your pet can enter, the UK, they must be treated against tapeworms. Any vet in the EU can give the treatment. You must not do it yourself. Make
sure the vet reads the microchip before treatment.
must be treated not less than 24 hours
and not more than 120 hours before being checked in with an
approved transport company to travel to the UK. The treatment must be given every time your pet travels into the UK.
product used the tapeworm treatment must contain praziquantel.
It is no
longer necessary to treat for ticks prior to entry to the UK
treatments are to stop the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis from entering the UK. These parasites can carry diseases, which can infect other animals and human causing illness
and sometimes death.
Part Three – Travelling To The UK
which your pet can travel freely to, are subject to change. We advise that you log on to the DEFRA website for the latest situation, or ring the helpline.
– 0870 241 1710
Friday 08.30 to 17.00)
Health & Welfare of Your Pet
abroad your pet may come into contact with animal diseases, which we do not have in the UK. Some of these diseases can be fatal or make them seriously ill. Some can affect
consider the welfare needs of your pet and actually, whether your pet will benefit from travelling with you. Long or thick haired dogs may not enjoy a trip to Spain in the height of
pet becomes ill after returning to the UK, please let us know where you have been so we can investigate the possibilities of diseases not normally found in the UK.