Taking your Pet Abroad

Pet Passports

We have put together the information below as a guide to the current regulations and procedures that apply when you travel abroad with your pets. However, these can and do change, Rottweiler in water so we always recommend talking to us or checking with DEFRA for the latest information: www.gov.uk/defra 

The Pet Travel Scheme is designed to allow dogs, cats and ferrets to travel to Europe and return to the UK without the need for quarantine. Under the scheme's regulations, the following requirements apply to pets entering the UK from EU and listed Non-EU countries:

  • The animal must be microchipped
  • Pets must be up to date with their Rabies vaccination (booster vaccinations are given every three years). Dogs and cats can leave the UK and re-enter from 21 days after vaccination.  Jack Russell dog in carrier
  • Dogs must see a vet between one and five days (but not less than 24 hours) prior to their entry to the UK; tapeworm treatment is given at this point. If you are only going abroad for a short trip of less than five days, then this visit can be at Sandhole. 
  • An approved vet must issue a pet passport. Sandhole Veterinary Centre is authorised to issue pet travel documentation.​

If your pet is entering the UK from an unlisted Non-EU country (details of these can be found on the DEFRA website), in addition to these four steps a blood test must be performed at least 30 days after the Rabies vaccination was given in order to confirm that sufficient protection is present.

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The Pet Travel Scheme exists to prevent Rabies (which can be transmitted to humans) from coming into the UK. There are also a number of other diseases which, although not affecting humans, can cause potentially fatal diseases in your pet. These include Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Dirofilariasis (heartworm) and Leishmaniasis which are transmitted by ticks, mosquitos and sandflies. Anywhere in the EU can have these potentially life-threatening diseases, but thankfully they can easily be prevented; we even have a vaccination which can protect against Leishmaniasis. 

Each of our knowledgeable vets and nurses are always happy to give you specific advice to help protect your pet as you travel abroad. You can also find lots of information at: www.cvbd.org