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Pet Travel Scheme Passports and Travel

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) was introduced in 2000 and is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine, if the rules of the scheme are adhered to.  It also means that people living in the UK can take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union (EU) or listed non-EU countries and return with them to the UK without the need for quarantine. Listed non-EU countries are defined on the DEFRA website. An update to the PETS regulations was issued on 1 January 2012, streamlining the rules for entry to the UK with the other EU/listed countries.

Outside of the PETS scheme, travel requirements vary from country to country. As the pet owner, it is your responsibility to check the particular entry requirements for the country you are seeking export to. There are companies that are experienced in conducting the relevant arrangements on your behalf and specialise in making the experience a smoother process to navigate.

The PETS Passport regulations are very detailed and so it is advisable to visit the DEFRA website for further information as early in the import/export process as possible. This applies even more so if the country of export is not a listed non-EU country because there are sometimes blood tests that are time-restricted with regards to the date of transport or specific requirements relating to exotic parasites and disease may be relevant.

Two by Two Veterinary Centre is able to issue PETS passports subject to several prerequisite requirements being met. Travel under the Pet Travel Scheme is possible if all the following requirements are met.

Travel from the UK to an EU/listed non-EU country

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before entry to another country. Animals must be at least 12 weeks of age to be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Be in possession of a PETS passport

Travel from an EU/listed non-EU country to the UK

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before entry to another country. Animals must be at least 12 weeks of age to be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Be in possession of a PETS passport
  • Be treated for tapeworm by a veterinary surgeon one to five days prior to the scheduled arrival time in the UK (dogs only)

Please note there is no longer a mandatory requirement for tick treatment to travel to the UK but tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease are an increasing threat to human public health and so this is still strongly recommended.

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