The Pet Travel Scheme
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows dogs and cats to enter the UK from certain countries without having to spend 6 months in quarantine, provided that certain requirements have been met.
NB: The rules for pet passports have changed. The new rules which started on 1st January 2012 are outlined below…
What’s involved in obtaining a Pet Passport?
Firstly your pet must have a microchip fitted.
A small microchip is injected into the pet in much the same way as your vet would administer a vaccination. This must be done before the rabies vaccination. Click here for information.
Your pet is then vaccinated against Rabies.
The issue of the Pet Passport
The passport will be issued at the time of rabies vaccination, however your pet cannot travel to and from the UK until 21 days after the rabies vaccine. Your passport can be renewed by administering a rabies booster vaccine before the expiry date on the passport or if the vaccine date has expired having a single dose of vaccine at least 21 days before travelling.
Planning your Holiday
- Check the country you plan to visit is part of the Pet Travel Scheme. You can do this by visiting the DEFRA website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/index.htm
- Some countries have additional requirements, please check requirements for individual countries at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/index.htm
- Additional disease prevention measures may be needed in certain countries. Please contact us to discuss requirements at least 1 month before travelling.
- Your pet must be treated by a vet for tapeworms between 24 and 120 hours before your pet is checked in to travel on an approved route into the U.K.