Pet Passport Scheme
The pet passport scheme allows your pet to travel between certain approved countries and allows re-entry back into the UK without the need for quarantine. The rules for the scheme have recently changed to simplify them. It now will only take 3 weeks for your pet to become eligible to leave the UK from the time of rabies vaccination rather than the previous 7-8 months under the old scheme.
From January 2012, in order to be able to issue your pet with a passport, the animal must be:
- Vaccinated for rabies
You have to wait a minimum period of THREE WEEKS after your pet's Rabies vaccination before you can leave the UK.
There are strict requirements that must be met for your animal to re-enter the UK with a passport. 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.
Tick treatment no longer is an absolute requirement BUT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. If your animal does not meet the requirements then it will be quarantined. Please see https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad for further details.
There are a number of serious infectious diseases (other than rabies) than are present in other countries (even France) that can affect your pet. We will give you further guidance on these, and how to prevent them, on request. Please ring and ask for further details, or ask the vet.
*** Please note that, from January 2012, your Pets Passport is NOT valid for leaving from, or re-entry into the UK until 3 weeks has elapsed from the date of rabies vaccination****
Some non-EU countries have stricter policies so always check with DEFRA or us in good time before your date of travel.