Owners may wish to take their pets with them if they move abroad permanently, or may simply wish to take them on a family holiday. Recent changes in the legislation allow re-entry into the UK from certain countries without quarantine if the animal has a valid “Pet Passport.”
What is a Pet Passport?
The word “pet passport” implies that this is all you need to take your pet wherever you wish. In fact, it is really just the entry requirement to come back into the UK to avoid the 6-month quarantine period.
Regulations change from time to time. For more information please head to the pets passports website
What do I need to do to get a Pet Passport?
The requirements are that the cat or dog must be:
- At least 3 months of age
- Permanently identified using a microchip (this must be of a type meeting the ISO Standard.)
- Once microchipped a vaccination against Rabies is given.
- The Pet Passport can then be issued and you can leave the country; however, you may not return to the UK until 21 days post vaccination.
- 24-48 hours before their return into the UK your pet must have received a specific worm treatment and a specific treatment to kill ticks. This must be done by a registered veterinarian in that country, who will then issue the appropriate certificate.