Taking Your Pet Abroad

You have been able to travel abroad with your pet and return to the UK without having to use quarantine facilities for a number of years. Over the last few years there have been a few changes to the scheme. For full details visit https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad


  • Have your pet microchipped - before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip.


  • Have your pet vaccinated against rabies- after the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. You must wait 3 weeks from the date of your pet's first rabies vaccination before re-entering the UK.


  • Get a Pet Passport - for animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU Pet Passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Gibraltar and Switzerland are also issuing passports.


  • Before your pet enters the UK, it must be treated against tapeworm (DOGS ONLY) - not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme, your dog must be treated against tapeworm and the treatment recorded in the EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate. Your dog must be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis using an approved/licensed veterinary medicine whose active ingredient is praziquantel, or an equivalent product. You should check with your vet to ensure the correct treatment is used. A qualified vet must carry out and record the treatment in your pet’s passport or third country certificate. You must not administer the treatment yourself. The vet will charge you for this service. The treatment must be carried out every time your pet enters the UK. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta.


  • Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route - your pet must enter the UK from a listed country travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.


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