Pets Travel Scheme

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The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is a procedure to allow pet cats and dogs to travel between participating countries without quarantine, provided that the following guidelines are followed.

Please note that this page gives only a short summary of some of the rules. There are different guidelines depending upon where you’re planning to travel, whether it is inside or outside of the EU. For a complete set of up-to-date rules please visit the DERFA web-site using the following link: click here for the DEFRA web site.

For travel within the EU and participating countries.

1. MICROCHIP

First of all your pet must be microchipped, so as to allow identification.

2. RABIES VACCINATION

Your pet must be microchipped first otherwise vaccination will not count. Puppies can be first vaccinated from 12 weeks of age and you must wait 21 days after the vaccination before your pet can travel to or return to the UK from another EU or non EU participating country. It should be noted that a passport is required for travel to the Republic of Ireland.

After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements

3. PET PASSPORT

Your dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate to enter (or re-enter) the UK.

The passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements.

4. TREATMENT FOR TAPEWORM

Your dog must be treated for tapeworm by a veterinary surgeon and the treatment recorded in the pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate every time you want to enter the UK. The treatment must be given between 1 and 5 days (24 to 120 hours) before you’re scheduled to arrive in the UK.

Cats do not require tapeworm treatment prior to entry into the UK.

5. YOU MUST ALSO USED AN AUTHOURISED CARRIER AND APPROVED ROUTE

 

Preventative Health Care for Travelling.

Unfortunately rabies is not the only infectious disease that your pet maybe exposed to when travelling on the continent. There are several, mainly parasite borne diseases that can affect your pet when travelling on the continent. These diseases can have serious implications to your pets well-being, we therefore, strongly recommend treating your pet with flea and mosquito control products throughout your time on the continent to minimise the risk of these diseases.

Please contact us if you wish to make an appointment with one of our vets to discuss the PETS Travel Scheme and preventative health measures.