PETS Passport Scheme
Dogs and cats entering the UK from the EU, and other specified countries, can do so with an accompanying PETS Passport.
As of 1st January 2012, the rules governing PETS passports changed.
For a passport to be issued, the following procedures must take place [in this order]:
- Step 1: Microchip Identification
- Step 2: Rabies vaccination
The passport becomes valid for travel 21 days after the date of vaccination.
For the passport to remain valid, a Rabies booster must be given before the "valid until" date of the last rabies vaccination. This is usually a 2 to 3 year interval. Please note that there may be differing requirements for Rabies vaccination frequency in the countries you are visiting.
In addition, for animals that are to return to the UK there is currently a requirement for treatment for tapeworms by a veterinary surgeon an approved product 24 to 120 hours (5 days) before return to the UK. A record of this treatment must be entered in the Passport. If you are leaving for a short trip then your dog must be treated by a vet before you go. You must wait for 24 hours before re-entering the UK and return within 120 hours or you'll need to get another treatment abroad.
From 1st January 2012, the requirement for tick treatment was removed, although AlphaPet STRONGLY advises all clients to continue to treat their pets for ticks when travelling abroad.
Costs (as at August 2019)
- Microchip placement £17.00
- Rabies Vaccination [minimum age 12 weeks] £51.51
- Issue of PETS Passport £77.18
- Babesiosis – advise use of Nexgard Spectra monthly or a Seresto collar
- Ehrlichiosis – advise use of Nexgard Spectra monthly or a Seresto collar
- Heartworm – advise use Nexgard Spectra monthly
- Leishmaniasis – Sandfly repellent – Advantix every 2 weeks in high risk areas
- Lungworm - advise use of Nexgard Spectra monthly
These health risks can be discussed in more detail, if required, at the time of vaccination.
However, the attached map may help to give clients travelling to Europe an idea of where the greatest risks are. Please click on this link: Canine Vector Borne Disease Risk Map
TheBritish Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation also publish a very useful guide to Taking Your Pets Abroad
Further information on the Pet Travel Scheme can be obtained from: