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Pet Travel Scheme – Taking your pet abroad

The Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) was put into place in February 2000 and it means your pet can re-enter the UK without having to be placed into six months of quarantine.  Since this time we have issued hundreds of passports and our clients regularly travel to and from Europe with their dogs and cats.

The EU Pet Passport

The EU Pet Passport

On 1st January 2012, the PETS changed its rules to bring the UK’s regulations more in line with the rest of the EU. This now makes it even easier to travel abroad with your pet.

As long as your pet meets the criteria set out below our vets can issue your companion with their passport.

While the passport scheme is in place to protect the UK from Rabies being reintroduced into the county there are several other diseases that you need to consider.

These diseases, such as Leishmaniosis, are widespread in many European countries and you must take precautions to protect your pet against them.

At Spring Lodge we also offer a complimentary ‘Travel Clinic’ when we issue you with your passport so that we can advise you about these diseases and the parasite control that is required.

We also recommend that you contact DEFRA helpline Tel: 0870 241 1710 before your travel.

Pet Passport Requirements

 Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another ‘listed’ country)

When travelling to or returning to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country your pet needs:

You must also use an authorised carrier and an approved route when returning to the UK

Travelling into the EU from an unlisted country

An ‘unlisted’ country is any country not included in the list of EU and non-EU countries.

When travelling to or returning to the UK from an unlisted country, your pet needs:

  • a microchip
  • a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first)
  • a blood test to check that the rabies vaccination has worked – the vet takes the blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination
  • a pet passport
  • tapeworm treatment  (for dogs only)

You must also use an authorised carrier and an approved route.

Length of waiting period before entry to the UK

  • From an EU and listed non EU country your animal may not enter the UK under  PETS until 21 days have passed from the date that the rabies vaccination was administered.
  • From an unlisted non-EU country your pet may not enter theUKunder PETS until three calendar months have passed since a satisfactory rabies antibody titre blood test.

The Passport

Your pet’s passport will remain valid as long as the rabies vaccine remains in date.  If your pet misses a rabies booster vaccination then they will no longer meet the Pet Passport scheme requirements, and you will need to start the process again.

While this may all seem complicated it is actually very easy to complete with the help of our vets and nurses.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any help!