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The Pet Passport Scheme – otherwise known as the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) – was introduced so that pets entering or returning to the UK would not need to undergo the usual compulsory 6-month quarantine period to protect against rabies.

In january 2012 the rules changed again and we fell into line with  the EU for the rules on travelling with pets.

Through this scheme, pets should be able to travel freely and easily between member countries of the EU and certain non-EU countries which have qualified under the scheme – provided that they satisfy the health and safety requirements, particularly with regards to rabies vaccinations and followed the correct procedure. Pets included in the scheme are dogs, cats and ferrets.

  • Have your pet microchipped using a ISO compatible chip so that it can be properly identified.
  • Have your pet vaccinated against rabies by a certified veterinarian. 
  • Wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccine before you can enter the UK.
  • Your pet must be treated for ticks and tapeworms by a certified veterinarian not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for travel to the UK.
  • Your pet must only travel with an approved animal transport company and enter the UK on an authorised route.

     

    Some helpful tips are

     

    1. Don’t forget to update your contact details on the microchip database before travelling, as this will help reunite you with your pet should it go missing while you’re on holiday.
    2. Ask your vet to scan and check the microchip to make sure that it is readable and has not migrated and “got lost”. A pet which cannot be identified by microchip will be forced to go into quarantine, even if it has all the correct PETS documentation.
    3. If your pet has been previously vaccinated for rabies, make sure that you check the “Valid until” date on your PETS documentation and get its boosters done in time for the 6-month wait period.
    4. Make sure you find a vet in a convenient location who can give your pet the necessary tick and tapeworm treatment within the 24-120hr timeframe, before entry into the UK.
    5. Ensure that your veterinarian has completed all the PETS documentation, including the date and time of treatment (using the 24hr clock) and the product used, and that the Pet Passport has been stamped