Pet Passport Advice

Travelling abroad with your pet dog, cat or ferret? For now, you will need a pet passport.

Pet travel during the Brexit transition period (31st January 2020 to 1st January 2021): You can travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK-issued EU pet passport. If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you’ll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.

Pet travel from 1st January 2021: Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category the UK becomes on 1 January 2021. To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU from 1 January 2021, you should contact your vet at least four months before travelling to get the latest advice.

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As always, we advise clients to think about what they may need to do well in advance of travel, and to allow at least four months before the date of travel to make sure they can meet any new requirements.

We are delighted to be able to offer our clients this service. Several of our vets are Official Veterinarians, meaning they are qualified to issue pet passports.

Before you start, there are two important things to remember:
1) For most countries, the passport is not valid for return to the UK until 21 days after the rabies vaccination is administered. This means that you must allow at least three weeks to complete the process.*
2) Your pet must be at least three months old at time of applying for a passport.

Pet passport requirements
To get a passport your pet must have:
1) A microchip
2) A valid rabies vaccination administered at least 21 days before travel. Regular boosters are then required to keep the passport valid.
3) Been treated for tapeworm by a vet 24 to 120 hours before re-entering the UK (dogs only). The vet must sign your pet passport to say this has been done.

Talk to your vet
Pet passports only cover minimum requirements. The best way to keep your pet safe and well when travelling is to talk to us about any extra precautions that need to be taken. Ticks and biting insects, for example, can transmit disease in much of Europe; and we highly recommend you take precautions against these despite there being no mandatory tick control in the pet passport scheme.

Don’t forget: you will also need to pay a vet abroad to issue tapeworm treatment before returning to the UK (dogs only).

*There are different requirements for some countries, so wherever you are returning from, it’s important to check the latest UK Government information about travelling with your pet well in advance of your trip. It is your responsibility as the pet owner to ensure all requirements are met.


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