Travelling with Pets
The pet travel scheme and the issuing of a pet passport is designed to prevent rabies and certain other exotic diseases from entering the UK. You can now bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK without quarantine as long as it meets the rules of the pet travel scheme. These rules also allow you to take your dog, cat or ferret to other countries and territories and return with them to the UK without the need for quarantine.
How does the scheme work?
To bring your dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the UK, it must be accompanied either by an EU pet passport or a third country official veterinary certificate. The pet passport or certificate must show that your pet has been microchipped (a tattoo is only acceptable in certain circumstances), vaccinated against rabies and if necessary blood tested. It must also show that your dog has been treated against tapeworm.
Where do I get more information?
You must first check the rules that apply to the country you are travelling to or from. Up to date pet travel information is found on the gov.uk website.
It is important to know exactly what the up to date rules are as if you do not meet the travel requirements and your pet needs to be quarantined you will be held responsible for any fees or charges incurred.
How do I get a pet passport?
Your pet will first need to have a health check, be microchipped and then given a rabies vaccination.Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can have a rabies vaccination.
Please contact us for more information and to make an appointment to get a pet passport.
The pet travel scheme rules have changed recently please click here for more information.