Pet Travel & Passports

This section provides information about pet passports and travelling abroad with your pet. At Vale Vets we are able to deal with all aspects of pet passports, exports and health certificates.

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Pet Travel rules changed on 1 January 2012

Pet travel rules changed on 1 January 2012 when the UK brought its procedures into line with the European Union. From this date all pets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from.

To view/download the latest EU Pet Passport guidance notes for completion click here

Please click here to download our PDF version of the current rules regarding travelling with pets produced by DEFRA.

To view it you will need to have Adobe Reader which is installed as a standard feature on recent computers – if you don’t have the reader – you can download it from here for free by clicking on the logo:

What you need to do to travel from the UK to the EU and listed non-EU countries, assuming a return to the UK

Preparing your dog, cat or ferret

  • Step 1 – Have your pet microchipped – Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.
  • Step 2 – Have your pet vaccinated – After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.
  • Step 3 – Get pet travel documentation – For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).
  • Step 4 – Tapeworm treatment – (dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
  • Step 5 – Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route – Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country or territory travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.


Useful links ›››

Pet Air UK / Pet Travel Service

Sleepy Pod / Pet Carriers



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