Owners may wish to take their pets with them if they move abroad permanently, or may simply wish to take them on a family holiday. Recent changes in the legislation allow re-entry into the UK from certain countries without quarantine if the animal has a valid “Pet Passport.”

What is a Pet Passport?

The word “pet passport” implies that this is all you need to take your pet wherever you wish. In fact, it is really just the entry requirement to come back into the UK to avoid the 6-month quarantine period.

Regulations change from time to time. For more information please head to the pets passports website

What do I need to do to get a Pet Passport?

The requirements are that the cat or dog must be:

-At least 3 months of age
-Permanently identified using a microchip (this must be of a type meeting the ISO Standard.)
-Once microchipped a vaccination against Rabies is given.
-The Pet Passport can then be issued and you can leave the country; however, you may not return to the UK until 21 days post vaccination.
-24-48 hours before their return into the UK your pet must have received a specific worm treatment and a specific treatment to kill ticks. This must be done by a registered veterinarian in that country, who will then issue the appropriate certificate.

For how long is it valid?

The rabies vaccine is active for 3 years, so if a rabies booster is done before then, the passport can be validated for another 3 years. However, it is important to note that some countries, including France and Germany, require a rabies booster annually, so we would suggest yearly boosting as a routine. Please contact DEFRA on 0191-2295400.

Does quarantine still exist?

Yes. All dogs and cats entering the UK that do not have a valid Pet Passport must undergo a period of 6-months quarantine. It is therefore essential that clients ensure all the documentation is valid and correct.

Are there any other disease you should worry about?

Yes. The requirements of the Pet Passport are designed to prevent certain diseases (especially rabies) being introduced into the UK, rather than protecting your pet from becoming ill itself. There are some serious life-threatening diseases that are common in some Mediterranean areas of Europe.

Where can I get further information?

Please feel free to contact us but in addition, there are two other useful sources of information.

For more information on Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) please view the following sites.

British Airways provide unaccompanied PETS service.

For more information feel free to give us a call or make an appointment for your pet to see one of our vets.