Travelling Abroad with your Pet
It is now possible to take your animal abroad, and back to the UK, either pet-passport-dogwhen travelling on holiday or when working abroad. The Pet Passport Scheme has made this possible.
If you travel abroad, eg. the South of France or Spain, then your animal is at risk of picking up a tropical disease. Prevention is important as curing a tropical disease is not always possible.

Dog on Holiday The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS for short) started on 28 February 2000. It allows dogs and cats resident in the UK to visit EU member States and approved non-Euro countries and return to the UK without the need for quarantine, provided they meet the following conditions:

What you need to do if you are entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 pet-passport-catveterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).
  • 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.
  • 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.


It is recommended that you find out the local conditions in your destination country, especially if you will be there for some time, as the risk level of tropical diseases can vary widely from region to region.
Please ask us for a tailored parasite control program.


For more information regarding the Pet Passport Scheme:
DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs)
Website: Taking your Pet abroad
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Helpline: +44 (0)870 241 1710+44 (0)870 241 1710

Have a good trip!



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