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Pet Passports

The Pet Passport Scheme allows for pet animals from certain countries to enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules of the scheme.  Please feel free to enquire at any of our hospital or branches and we will be happy to advise further or make an appointment with one of our Official Veterinarians (OVs) .

To re-enter the UK from other EU countries or other approved non-EU countries under PETS you must have had the following procedures carried out on your pet :

  • Microchipping
  • Rabies vaccination. There is a 21 day wait after the first rabies vaccination before you can travel to another EU country.
  • Pet Passport issued
  • Treatment for tapeworms (dogs only) by a veterinary surgeon

between 24 and 120 hours prior to return to the UK.

For travel to and from a non-approved country, there is an additional requirement for a rabies serology blood test and a 3 month waiting period after the blood test before entry to the UK.

It is also important that your pet’s annual vaccinations are kept up to date and that your pet is fully protected against some of the many serious parasite borne infectious diseases which may be encountered while abroad.

The entry requirements can vary greatly from country to country.  An EU pet passport will allow you to enter most other EU countries but even within the EU requirements may vary slightly.  For travel or export of your pet to countries which are outside of the EU, there may be a requirement to obtain an official  Export Health Certificate from DEFRA.           

It is important to plan well ahead as specific tests may be required for some countries at specified times prior to export. We will certainly aim to give the best current advice on all aspects of travelling with your pet. However, as regulations will change over time and will vary for different countries please ensure that you use the resources below to get the most up to date advice and to ensure that you comply with the regulations. Failure to comply with the regulations may result in delayed travel or potentially  a period of quarantine for your pet.

Further detailed and comprehensive information can be obtained from the following sources:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Website: www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners

Pet Travel Scheme helpline
pettravel@apha.gsi.gov.uk 
Telephone: 0370 241 1710 
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (closed on bank holidays) 

Contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for information on exporting pets.

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Email: pettravel@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 01228 403 600
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (closed on bank holidays)