The Pet Passport Travel Scheme - Taking Your Pet Abroad?

About the Pet Passport Scheme

The Pet Passport Scheme allows cats and dogs over three months of age to enter the UK from certain qualifying countries without the need for quarantine, providing they meet certain stringent requirements.

How do I get a passport for my pet?

Pet passports are issued by our vets under official guidanace of DEFRA. Your pet must conform to all the conditions outlined below:
1 – Microchipped (all dogs in the UK should be microchipped as per the law from April 2016)
2 – Vaccination against rabies with an approved vaccine (from 12 weeks of age)

Your pet cannot enter or re-enter the UK from abroad until 21 days after the rabies vaccination was administered.

Treatment against tapeworms must be administered using an approved product 24 hours – 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK. You will need to locate a veterinary surgeon abroad who is able to provide this service for you. If you are leaving for a short trip your pet must be treated by a veterinary surgeon before you leave, but you cannot enter the UK until 24 hours after the tablet is administered.

Keeping your pet passport valid:
Once your pet has been issued it’s passport it is important to have rabies vaccinations renewed as directed by your veterinary surgeon.

Keeping your Passport Valid

Once your pet has been issued it’s passport it is important to have rabies vaccinations renewed as directed by your Veterinary Surgeon.

There are only certain routes and companies you can use to enter England, Scotland and Wales. Please check these on the DEFRA website before you travel.