Introduced in February 2000 The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) 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
To re-enter the UK from other EU countries or other approved non-EU countries under PETS you will need to ensure your pet:
- has been issued with a Pet Passport
- has been microchipped
- has been vaccinated against rabies (there is a 21-day wait after the first rabies vaccination before you can travel to another EU country)
- has received treatment for tapeworm (dogs only) by a veterinary surgeon between 24 and 120 hours prior to returning 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 three 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 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Please feel free to speak to a member of the team at any of our hospital or branches and we will be happy to advise further on the PETS scheme or just make an appointment with one of our Official Veterinarians (OVs).
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.
The rules regarding pet travel abroad may change after the 29th March 2019 with the potential of three different outcomes depending on what agreements are reached with the EU. It is therefore difficult for us to give firm advice at this stage.
In the worst case scenario of a no deal Brexit, the UK may be treated as an “ unlisted” country for the purposes of the pet travel and the following rules will apply :
– you must get your cat dog or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies
– your pet must have a blood sample taken after 30 days and tested at an approved laboratory for rabies serology testing
– the result of the test must show that the vaccination was successful with an antibody level greater than 0.5 IU/ml
– you must wait 3 months from the date of the successful blood sample before travelling
– you must take your pet to an Official Veterinarian (OV) no more than 10 days before travel to obtain a health certificate.
If there is no deal then Pet Passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU
Full information on travelling with pets after Brexit may be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
If you are intending to travel to Europe after the 29th March 2019 please ensure that you plan ahead and contact your veterinary surgeon as least 4 months in advance of travel.