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The Pet Travel Scheme is the system that allows:

  • Pet dogs, cats and ferrets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules.
  • People in the UK to take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other countries and territories, and return with them to the UK without the need for quarantine.

The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other exotic diseases. The UK has been free from rabies for many years, but because of the existence of the disease in other countries there is a continued need for an effective system to be in place to manage the risk of rabies being introduced by imported animals.

What you need to do if you are travelling from the UK to another EU country:

Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States must meet the same animal health rules.  All pets travelling from the UK to another EU Member State should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport.  The length of the waiting period before entry to other EU Member States is 21 days after the first vaccination date.

It is recommended that pet owners contact the competent authorities of the country they are travelling to for any additional entry requirements.

What you need to do if you are travelling to the UK from the EU and listed non-EU Countries:

Preparing your dog, cat or ferret:

1)      Have your pet microchipped.  Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.

2)      Have your pet vaccinated.  After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies.  There is no exemption to this rule, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination.  Rabies boosters must be kept up-to-date.  The length of the waiting period before entry to an EU country (including the UK) is 21 days after the first vaccination date.  A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up-to-date.  If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.  For the purposes of calculating the waiting period, the date that the vaccination was carried out is counted as day 0.

3)      Get pet travel documentation.  For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport.

4)      For dogs only, Tapeworm Treatment.  Before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm.  The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK.  There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment, but it is advisable.  No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

5)      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 or territory travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.

All information taken from Defra guidelines.  For more information and to find out what you must do if you are entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries, please visit



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