Travelling abroad with your pet
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Pet Travel Scheme
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that
allows pet animals from certain countries to enter the UK without
quarantine as long as they meet the rules.
It also means that people in the UK can, having
taken their pets to these countries, bring them back without the
need for quarantine.
Further information is available from the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Website. (DEFRA).
pet passport is the travel document required in order to travel
to and from qualifying countries in the scheme.
will be completed by an authorised vet (usually your own veterinary
passport will contain details of the pet owner and the animal
including its microchip number, rabies vaccination and blood test
details and sections to record the tick and tapeworm treatment
required for entry to the UK. Only pets entering or re-entering
the UK need to comply with all these requirements.
the animal is going to an EU country and not returning to the
UK, all that will be required are the microchip and vaccination
details recorded in a passport. The blood test required for UK
entry can be carried out if necessary after the animal has travelled
to another qualifying country.
will be able to enter the UK from listed countries provided they
meet the rules.
and cats must still enter the UK with an approved transport company
on an authorised route.
summary of the procedures for travelling abroad with your pet.
a microchip fitted.
your pet vaccinated against rabies. In some cases your vet may advise
2 vaccinations a few weeks apart.
a blood test to determine that an adequate antibody level has been
built up. (Usually 14-28 days post vaccination)
a pet passport once a successful blood test result has been issued.
may now travel to approved countries with your pet and may return
to the UK 6 months after the successful blood test was taken. Entry
only possible on approved routes.
your pet treated for ticks and tapeworm, by a qualified vet, 24-48hrs
prior to re-entering the UK.
info visit the DEFRA website. (http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/sitemap.htm)
Animals from non-qualifying countries must
spend 6 months in quarantine.
Don't travel without Pet Travel
automatically incude travel cover, whilst others will offer cover
as an extra option.
Insurers who offer pet travel insurance policies.