The Pet Passport allows the entry of your dog, cat or ferret to most members of the European Union without any additional health certification being required.
To qualify for a pet passport, your pet needs to be over 3 months, been microchipped and vaccinated against Rabies. Pets will be allowed into the UK, 21 days after vaccination, if traveling from EU member states and other ‘listed” countries. For unlisted countries, pets will need to pass a blood test, on top of the other requirements, and subsequently can enter the UK four months after the rabies vaccine was administered. Returning dogs will require the administration of an approved wormer effective against Echinococcus, by a vet.
We advise clients to check the ministry website (details below) for the most up to date rules and a full list of qualifying countries, due to potential changes.
The Pet Passport requires regular booster vaccinations against rabies, and any lapses will require starting the whole process again. While we will send reminders when these are due it is the responsibility of the pet owner to ensure they are kept up to date.
When traveling abroad, it is important to note that there are some serious diseases that your pet may be exposed to, that do not occur in the UK. We would advise you contact the surgery before traveling for the most up to date advice on prevention of these.
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