What do I need to do to obtain an EU Pet Passport?

  • Firstly, your pet must be microchipped
  • Secondly, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been read by a vet. This vaccine actually take 3 weeks to become active, therefore entry into the UK is not allowed until after 3 weeks from the first rabies vaccine.

How long is the Pet Passport valid for?

Should you pass the date of the rabies vaccination (even by one day), they your passport will become invalid and will only become active again 3 weeks after the vaccination is given

Pet Passport

How can I travel to the UK with my pet ?

The EU Pet Passport allows the entry of pets (from certain countries) into the UK, without needing to be quarantined.  Cats and ferrets can return to the UK with no veterinary treatment or health check.

There are authorised routes with approved transport companies that your pet should travel by (see here for approved routes)

Tapeworm – A 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 bring it to the UK.

The treatment must have been given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before you enter the UK. Your dog can be refused entry or put into quarantine if you don’t follow this rule.

Your pet must not have been outside any of the PETS qualifying countries in the three months before it enters the UK. If it has then other regulations apply – see the defra website for details.

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