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Pet Travel Scheme

Pet Travel Scheme

What is the Pet Travel Scheme?

This is the system which dictates what is required to travel abroad with your pet and come back into the UK.

This allows owners to travel to certain countries with their pet and come back into the UK without quarantine and also enables pets from those countries to do the same.

When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules you follow depend on the country you are going to or coming from.

What do I need to do if I want to travel abroad with my pet?

Firstly, it is very important that you check the pet travel scheme information on the Defra website to check the requirements for travel to and from your chosen destination. We will give you as much advice as possible, however, you are responsible for making sure you have the necessary documentation for your pet to leave or enter the UK. Make sure it is correctly completed and your pet meets all the rules. If your pet does not meet the entry rules, it will not be allowed to enter the UK unless it is licensed into quarantine.

How to get an EU pet passport for travelling within the EU?

In the UK, a pet passport is issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV). All of our vets at Tremain Veterinary Group are Official Veterinarians.

Your pet will need to be microchipped to allow your pet to be identified. A rabies vaccination is given ( in exactly the same way as his/her regular vaccinations). Your pet must have a detectable microchip in place before they are vaccinated against rabies. A pet passport can then be issued.

You must then wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling.

Do I need to treat my pet for parasites (ticks and tapeworms) before I come home?

Tapeworm rules apply to pet dogs only. Not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1 to 5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK, your dog must be treated against tapeworm and the treatment recorded in the EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate.

No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

Your dog must be treated against the tapeworm, Echinococcus multilocularis, using an approved/licensed veterinary medicine whose active ingredient is Praziquantel, or an equivalent product. You should check with your vet to ensure the correct treatment is used. A qualified vet must carry out and record the treatment in your pet’s passport or third country certificate. You must not administer the treatment yourself. The treatment must be carried out every time your pet enters the UK.

Why do dogs have to be treated for tapeworm?

The tapeworm, Echinococcus multilocularis, can cause a serious or fatal liver disease in humans. Treatment may involve surgery or lifelong chemotherapy. This tapeworm is not found in the UK, but is present in France, Germany, and other parts of continental Europe. The treatment needs to be given not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before the dog enters the UK, to ensure that the tapeworm eggs are not shed in the UK.

For more detailed information regarding travel to EU and non-EU ‘listed’ countries please visit the Defra website and read the Pet Travel Scheme information for pet owners or contact Defra directly. Information on possible infectious diseases your pet could contract abroad can be found at: