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Pet Passports

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  • Pet passports are part of the EU Regulation on the movement of pet animals.
  • The passport must confirm your pet's microchip number, the date it was implanted and record the rabies vaccination and blood test results (if required). Blood tests following rabies vaccination are only required for animals entering the UK from unlisted third countries (http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/).
  • Countries and territories that the UK will accept pet passorts from are Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and Vatican City.
  • Tick treatments are no longer required under the scheme. However, the BVA and BSAVA strongly advise that prophylactic tick treatment is continued.
  • You are responsible for making sure you have the necessary documentation for your pet to enter the UK. If you do not meet all the rules (See Pet Travel Scheme Pet travel scheme), your pet may not be able to enter the country or may have to be licensed into quarantine on arrival.
  • All pets moving between the UK and the Republic of Ireland should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport. As both countries have had no indigenous rabies for many decades, systematic border compliance checks on pets travelling between the two are not applied. However, it is important that the rules are followed to ensure trouble-free travelling between the two countries.
For the latest information on pet travel after 31st October 2019, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit.​

EU Regulation on the movement of pet animals

New Regulations December 2014

  • Minimum age of 12 weeks before rabies vaccination.
  • Owner, or owner's agent, must enter the EU within 5 days of their pet (if they are not travelling together).
  • New passports now have laminated strip and require additional contact details for authorising vet. However, existing passport remains valid for lifetime of pet - or until all spaces have been used up.

EU pet passport

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent refences from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Mansfield K L, Burr P D, Snodgrass D R et al (2004) Factors affecting the serological response of dogs and cats to rabies vaccinationVet Rec 154 (14), 423-426 PubMed.
  • Shaw S E, Lerga A I, Williams S et al (2003) Review of exotic diseases in small animals entering the United Kingdom from abroad diagnosed by PCR. Vet Rec 152 (6), 176-177 PubMed.
  • Cox M, Barbier E B, White P C et al (1999) Public preferences regarding rabies-prevention policies in the UK. Prev Vet Med 41 (4), 257-270 PubMed.
  • Scudamore J M (1999) Pet travel scheme. Vet Rec 145 (8), 236 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Pet Travel Scheme Helpline. Specialist Service Centre for Imports, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Government Offices, Beeches Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2RU, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 870 241 1710; Fax: +44 (0) 1245 458749; Email:pettravel@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk.