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Pet Passports Procedures


These will be subject to change after the 29th of March 2019.

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows you to enter the UK, with your dog, cat or ferret from certain countries, without the need for them to go into quarantine.  This means, subject to certain conditions, you can now take your pets on holiday with you.

As long as you are resident in the UK, you will be able to travel to most of Europe and also further afield, and be able to return to the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme.  For a complete and up to date list of the participating countries please call 03000 200301.

You must travel back to the UK from one of the listed countries, and must travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route.  Check with the travel company, who will be able to advise you with regards to this. PLEASE NOTE you may NOT bring your pet into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme from a private boat or plane.


How to get a Pet Passport....


The microchip is a permanent method of identification. A small chip with a unique code is inserted under the skin. This must be done before the rabies vaccination and blood test.  It should be checked before any vaccinations, or health check is done, to check that the correct animal is receiving treatment.  The microchip must meet current ISO specifications, so it can read easily by various scanners.

Rabies Vaccination

Your pet must be at least 3 months old, and can travel 21 days after their vaccinations.

Issuing the Pet Password

Your pet can now have a Pet Passport issued which will need to be signed by a Veterinary Surgeon who is an OV (Official veterinarian), confirming that the above conditions have been met.  The passport will expire on the date that the rabies booster is due.

Before Returning to the UK

Your pet must be treated for tapeworms within 1-5 days of embarking on your return trip, and the passport must be stamped and signed by a Veterinary Surgeon to confirm this has been done.  Please take heed of the time span, as your pet will not be allowed to embark if the treatment falls outside of these times.

Before entering the country, please note the UK transport company will check your pet's microchip and passport.  DEFRA also do spot checks.