The Pet Travel Scheme first introduced in 2001, since that point it has undergone many changes, most recently in January 2012 saw the rules being relaxed when the UK brought its procedures into line with the European Union. The pet travel scheme allows pets to travel without the need to put them in quarantine. The scheme is becoming more popular each year with increasing numbers of owners travelling with their pets on holiday.
Here at London Road Veterinary Centre and the Hollies Clinic we are happy to help guide you through this process. Not all veterinary surgeries can offer the pet passport service as you need to employ OV's (Official Veterinarians). Alex Dallas and Sara Hickling are both OV's and have many years experience of processing Pet Passports and Travel Documents.
The following guidelines are based on animals travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another ‘listed’ country)
For your pet to re-enter the UK they must have:
Get in touch with us if you are thinking about or planning to get a pet passport for your pet and we will happily discuss the requirements with you in more detail alternatively you can make an appointment to see on of the veterinary surgeon as the whole process could be completed within one appointment.
There are additional recommendations that will benefit the health of your pet with regards to tapeworm treatment and tick prevention that we can also discuss with you.
Please bear in mind that although you are unable to leave the UK until 21 days after the rabies vaccination. Therefore if it is a short trip you have planned, make your appointment at least 3 weeks before you are due to leave. After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
The most up to date information is available from the Pet Travel Scheme helpline 0870 241 1710 or at www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad