For pets to qualify for a passport they have to do the following:
- Be fitted with a microchip before its rabies vaccination. This is so it can be identified.
- Have a rabies vaccine given.
- Following the initial release of a PETS passport there is a 21 day wait before entry or re-entry into the UK is allowed.
- Before hand, it may be worth checking any additional requirements that you may need as some countries you will be travelling through or to will require an export health certificate.
- The animal must be treated against tapeworm one to five days before the return crossing to the UK, and even though there is no mandatory tick treatment preventative measures are still being recommended, (see diseases below.)
- On re-entry to the UK you are also likely to sign a declaration stating that your pet has not been outside any of the qualifying countries before re-entering the UK.
For anyone wishing to travel to an unlisted third country then please contact the surgery for more details as different rules will apply and these passports can take uo to a minium of three months. We also advise that you visit the defra website for the full information.
Other things to check before you go include the approved transport companies and authorised routes for travel. Do you have pet insurance? Is your accommodation pet-friendly? What breed of dog do you own, some countries vary with breeds to what they class under the dangerous dog act.
For further information visit
Or telephone Pets Health Line 08702411710