Pet Travel Scheme

Pet Travel Scheme and Pet Passports

We have vets at the practice who are certified to produce a pet passport for you pet. When booking an appointment please be clear what it is for so we can book you in with the correct vet. Please consider all the costs of getting your pet a passport, the microchip, rabies vaccination and production of a passport can cost in excess of £200. You may then be required to get you pet checked by a vet before travel in and out of the country. Feel free to give us a call to discuss our current prices.

If you’re thinking of travelling within the EU with your pet, the following must be administered to ensure admittance back into the country without your pet going into quarantine:-

  1. Your pet will need to be microchipped.  Please note that your pet must be microchipped before the rabies vaccination.
  2. A valid Rabies Vaccination must be given (In order to keep your passport up to date, your pet will need regular booster vaccinations which must be recorded in your passport. We use Nobivac Rabies which currently requires a booster every three years)
  3. A Pet passport must be issued.
  4. Tapeworm treatment (dogs only).  This is to be given between 1 and 5 days (24 to 120 hours) before you are to arrive back in the UK.  This must be recorded in the passport.

*Pet passports can be used for cats, dogs and ferrets only.

Please note that once your pet is vaccinated against Rabies, there is a 21 day waiting period before your pet can travel.

We strongly recommend you check all your pets travel requirements via Defra or contact the pet travel helpline on 0870 241 1710 email: pettravel@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk.

A full list of EU countries can be found on the website, along with details relating travel to non listed countries.

It is the responsibility of the pet owner to ensure all requirements for travelling to and from the UK is fully met.

For pets that travel abroad with their owners, animals may be susceptible to infection with diseases like rabies, leishmaniasis (spread by sandflies), heartworm (spread by mosquitoes), babesiosis (spread by ticks), and ehrlichiosis (spread by ticks). Whilst there is no vaccine available for all of these ‘so called’ exotic diseases, you can take steps to protect against them with suitable parasite treatments.