The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets to enter the UK from recognised countries without quarantine - as long as they meet certain rules. It also allows pet owners in the UK to travel with their dogs, cats and ferrets to other recognised countries, and return to the UK without the need for their pets to go into quarantine.
Full details are available on the DEFRA website.
Have your pet microchipped.
Have your pet vaccinated against Rabies at least 22 days prior to travel.
Obtain a PET passport. For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU passport. If you are preparing an animal in a non-EU listed country or territory, you will need to obtain an official third country certificate and fill in a declaration confirming that you are not going to sell or transfer the ownership of your pet.
Before your pet enters the UK, they must be treated against tapeworm by a vet. The treatment must be administered by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before entry into the UK. Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country or territory travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route. There may be additional requirements for pets travelling in and out of some EU and non-EU countries, and on the number of pets that can travel.
Please ensure you check all up-to-date rules with DEFRA before travel. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure they are fully compliant.
The Pet Travel Scheme is designed to keep Rabies and other diseases out of the UK. However, there may be other external parasites that your pet may be at risk from when travelling such a sticks, mosquitoes and sand flies, which can transit diseases such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichosis, Heartworm and Leishmaniosis. It is vital that you speak to your vet before travelling to identify the potential risks and devise an effective parasite protection plan specifically for your pet.
We are able to provide the Pets Passport for your pets as well as Export Certificates and Private Health Certificates.
If you wish to have a passport please telephone your nearest branch for an appointment.
Please use the following link for the latest details of the scheme:
Defra: travelling with pets
Pet Travel After Brexit
If you plan to take your pet overseas shortly after 29th March next year, you will need to plan ahead
Depending on the outcome of Brexit, the requirements for travelling to Europe with your pet could change drastically. Now ‘could’ is the operative word here, because there’s also the chance that nothing will change whatsoever! It all depends on whether or not the UK becomes a ‘listed’ country…
The potential outcomes are:
1. The UK becomes a Part 1 listed country
This won’t bring about much change. The pet passport document itself might change but essentially, the process of getting your pet ready to travel to Europe will remain the same – or at least similar to how it is now.
2. The UK becomes a Part 2 listed country
In this scenario, things will be more or less the same as above but with one addition – your pet will need a Model Health Certificate. This would need to be issued 21 days after their Rabies vaccination and 10 days before your departure, which adds another month to your travel preparation time. The certificate will need to be issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV). Please note: this status does not apply to all vets; to be fit for travel in Europe in the event of the UK becoming a Part 2 listed country, you’ll need to factor this extra time into your travel preparation and to locate your local OV.
3. The UK becomes an Unlisted country
This outcome would bring about the biggest change. In the event of the UK becoming an Unlisted country, your pet will need the following to be fit for travel in Europe:
In the event of a ‘Hard Brexit’ as it’s otherwise known, the process of getting your pet ready for travel will take around 4 months to complete. Annoyingly, if the UK becomes a Part 1 or 2 listed country, all of the time (and expense) that goes towards preparing for outcome 3 will have been wasted.
If you are travelling soon after March 29th however, its probably best to prepare for the worst.
If you are yet to make travel arrangements involving your pet, it might be worth waiting until the outcome of Brexit is revealed. There is more information on the Government’s website and if you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
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