Pet Travel Scheme
From 1 January 2012 the rules for pets entering the UK will change as the UK aligns its Pet Travel Scheme with the EU-wide pet movement system.
Preparing your Dog, Cat or Ferret
Entering the UK from the EU and listed non EU Countries
- Step 1 Microchipping - 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.
- Step 2 Rabies Vaccination - After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, rabies vaccinations must be kept up to date. the length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first rabies vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK provided the rabies vaccination is kept up to date. if the vaccination is in 2 parts the waiting time is 21 days after the second injection.
- Step 3 Documentation - For animals being prepared in an EU Country, you should get an EU passport. If you are preparing your animal in a Non EU listed Country or Territory you will need to obtain an official third Country Veterinary Certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway and San Marino (Switzerland who also issue pet passport).
- Step 4 Tapeworm Treatment - (Dogs only) Before entering the UK all dogs must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a veterinarian not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. This has to be documented in the pet passport, signed and stamped by the veterinarian. For short weekend breaks from the UK and back again (e.g.3 days) the dog can have the treatment done in the UK before it travels. PLEASE NOTE there is no mandatory requirement for TICK treatment but it is advisable to treat your pet before it travels. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland Ireland or Malta.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RABIES BOOSTER VACCINATION MUST BE ADMINISTERED BEFORE THE DUE BOOSTER DATE. IF THE RABIES VACCINATION IS ALLOWED TO LAPSE BEYOND THE THREE-YEAR PERIOD (THIS IS THE TIME PERIOD FROM THE FIRST OR SUBSEQUENT RABIES VACCINATION), THEN THE ANIMAL WILL NEED TO WAIT THE 21 DAYS AGAIN.
We have attempted to clarify the requirements for the Pet Travel Scheme but would advise you to either check with DEFRA/Animal Health on their Helpline or via their website to confirm your specific travel requirements. For further details ring the PETS Helpline on 0870 241 1710 or visit the PETS website at http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/