Dogs and cats can travel to most European countries and some long haul destinations, and return to the UK without having to spend six months in quarantine, if they fulfill the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). PETS is valid for dogs, cats and ferrets.
If you would like to take your pet dog, cat or ferret abroad they will need a pet passport.
There are three main requirements for getting your pet a passport:
All pets travelling abroad must be microchipped. If your pet already has a microchip, it is advisable to check it works before travelling in order to avoid delays at the border.
- Rabies vaccination
Your pet must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination. In order to re-enter the UK from abroad, the vaccination must have been administered at least 21 days prior to re-entry in order to be certain it is in your pet’s system.
- Tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) prevention
This is a particular type of tapeworm that is not found in the UK, so prevention is a requirement before being able to re-enter the country. The worming treatment MUST be administered by a vet and MUST be administered between one and five days prior to re-entry to the UK.
Pet passports can only be issued by a registered LVI or Official Veterinarian (OV). We have four OVs at Cedars – Darren Lucas, Collette Jaffarji, Mark Packer and Antonia Chope. We are also able to help with export certificates and private health certificates.
We often work in conjunction with Pet Air UK. Further information can be found on their website at www.petairuk.com and on the official government website at www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.