Pet Passports - A Guide
The Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) allows you to travel with your pet in and out of the UK without the need for quarantine.
PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure that all vaccinations and passports are kept up to date.
To obtain a PETS Passport your pet must have (in this order):
1. A microchip implanted under the skin between the shoulders. This can be done as a simple procedure in the consulting room. (We use the BioThermo microchip, which allows us to use a microchip scanner to check your pet’s temperature. This means no more thermometers up the bottom!).
2. A rabies vaccination
- Rabies vaccinations must be repeated at least every 3 years (1095 days).
- Should you let the vaccinations lapse by even 24 hours your PETS Passport will be immediately invalidated and you will need to repeat steps 2-4.
- Blood tests for Rabies immunity are no longer required.
- PLEASE NOTE: Puppies and kittens need to be at least three calendar months old before we can vaccinate them against Rabies.
3. A PETS PASSPORT delivered by your DEFRA appointed Official Veterinarian - either Tim Newton or Peter Lennox at the Park Veterinary Practice.
Your pet may leave or enter the UK twenty one days after the day of the Rabies vaccination. Some countries may have additional requirements for pets traveling to them. You must check this with the authorities for the country to which you are traveling prior to your departure.
4. Treatment against parasites.
- Treatment against ticks is no longer required for entry into the UK. Treatment against tape worms has been retained as a requirement, but this now has to be adminstered 24 -120 hours before check-in. An approved product MUST be used, and the treatment, date and time MUST be written and stamped in the PET PASSPORT by an authorised/official veterinarian.
- There are some tick and insect born diseases that occur in mainland Europe that we do not have in the UK. Depending on where you intend to travel to (and through), preventative treatment is highly likely to be necessary. Some of these diseases are extremely serious. Please discuss this with us before you travel so we can keep the risk to your pet as small as possible.
- Please ensure that you have checked with your airline/train/boat company that you have met all their requirements for the transport of your pet.
- Find a vet in your country of destination who will be able to treat your pet with tapeworm treatment 1-5 days (24-120 hours) before check-in on your return to the UK. This treatment must also be stamped in your pet's Passport and signed, and the vet must be authorised by his/her government to do so. Please make sure you allow enough time to make this arrangement.
For more information:
PETS helpline: 0870 241 17 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org