Pets Travel Scheme


A pet passport enables you to travel in and out of the United Kingdom with your pets without quarantining them when re-entering the country. Please note that the requirements for the scheme may be changing depending the Brexit

We strongly advise you to visit the DEFRA website if you are planning to travel abroad with your pets. A blood test post-vaccination is not required for many countries, and tick treatment if not required for re-entry into the UK, but worming treatment before re-entry to the UK is still necessary. (see below).

The rules in summary:

  • Pets must be fitted with a microchip and vaccinated against Rabies. Vaccinations are kept in stock and can be done at the same time as the micro chipping if necessary.
  • For EU listed countries you will be able to travel 21days after the vaccination (see below for the list of those countries). .
  • For non-EU listed countries a blood test is required 4weeks after the rabies vaccination and entry into the UK is allowed 3months after the blood test date (see below for a link to a list of these countries).
  • You must phone DEFRA to check if Export Certificates are needed as well as the Pet Passport Tel - 01284 754323. Depending on which qualifying country you intend to visit or travel through, you may need to obtain an Export Heath Certificate, so the pet can enter/ travel through that country. (DEFRA provides these). If you need a certificate you will need an appointment with a Local Veterinary Inspector at our practice 24-48 hours before travelling to have these papers signed.
  • Rabies boosters are given every 3 years; some countries require yearly boosters so check this with DEFRA. Do not allow the vaccination to lapse.
  • A certificate must be obtained from a vet in the country you are visiting for the treatment of Echinococcus multilocularis 24 to 120hours before re-entry into the U.K.
  • Whilst tick treatment is not now a requirement of the pet travel scheme we strongly recommend preventative tick treatment (such as Frontline) for areas where tick-borne diseases are endemic, as some of these can be fatal to pets.
  • PETS Helpline 0870 241 1710 or email: & include your postal address and a day time telephone number.


EU listed Member states:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Rep, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. UK Non EU listed countries
Non EU listed countries
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