Tips & Advice
Added: 02 February 2017
Benefits of taking your pet on holiday
- Avoid the worry associated with leaving your pet behind
- Avoid the stress of kennel accommodation on your pet
- Save on kennel costs
- Enrich your holiday activities
- Quite simply because you will enjoy it and make some great memories!
When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules you must follow depend on the country you're going to or coming from.
Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another 'listed' country)
When travelling to or returning to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country your pet needs:
Your pet must be micro-chipped before it's vaccinated against rabies. Make sure the vet records the number of the microchip on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate. You must bring your own microchip reader when you travel if your pet's microchip doesn't meet ISO standards.
OR A TATTOO
You don't need to have your pet micro-chipped if it's been tattooed with an identification number and your pet was tattooed before 3 July 2011, the tattoo is clearly legible and vaccinated against rabies after it was tattooed. Your vet must record the date of tattooing, the tattoo number and the date of the rabies vaccination in the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.
RABIES VACCINATION AND BOOSTERS
Get your pet micro-chipped before the rabies vaccination or they will need to be vaccinated again 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 listed country. 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.
PET PASSPORT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
Your dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate to enter (or re-enter) the UK. Ask your vet for a pet passport. The passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements.
THIRD COUNTRY OFFICIAL VETERINARY CERTIFICATE
Outside of the EU authorised vets issue official veterinary certificates instead of pet passports. This certificate allows your pet to enter the UK (or another country in the EU). You'll need other supporting documents too. Check your certificate for full details. You must arrive in an EU country within 10 days of the date the certificate was issued. You can then use it for up to 4 months for travel within the EU.
Check with the country you're traveling to for information about any extra documents you'll need to enter with your pet.
TAPEWORM TREATMENT (DOGS ONLY)
Your vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it 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. Your vet must record the following details in your dog's pet passport or certificate with the name and manufacturer of the product used to treat your dog, the date and time they treated your dog, their stamp and signature, The treatment must have praziquantel or equivalent as its active ingredient. You don't need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you're coming directly to the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
WHEN YOU RETURN TO THE UK
Staff from the travel company will scan your pet's microchip and check your documents .If you don't have the correct documents or your pet hasn't been properly prepared it will be put into quarantine or sent back to the country it traveled from. You must pay the costs for this.
CONTACT THE PET TRAVEL SCHEME FOR LATEST UP TO DATE INFORMATION
TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS AND MOSQUITOES IF GOING TO A RISK AREA BY TREATING YOUR DOG WITH RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS SUCH AS FRONTLINE, ADVANTIX. A TICK REMOVER IS RECOMMENDED OR THE CORRECT REMOVAL OF A TICK.