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Pet travel scheme

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Introduction

  • The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet animals from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet certain conditions.
  • PETS was introduced for dogs and cats travelling from certain European countries on 28 February 2000. Since that time the scheme has been regularly extended.
  • From 1 January 2012 all pet dogs, cats and ferrets (including guide and hearing dogs) can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country the pet is coming from PETS:eligible routes of entry to UK. Animals which do not meet all the rules must be licensed into quarantine. They might then be able to obtain early release if they can be shown to comply with the necessary pet travel requirements. See http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/pet-owners/#from1jan.
  • The Scheme:
    • Only applies to pet ferrets, cats and dogs including guide dogs and hearing dogs.
    • Is limited to pets coming into the UK from certain countries and territories.
    • Only operates on certain sea, air and rail routes to England.
For the latest information on pet travel after 31st October 2019, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit.

What must be done to bring a pet into the UK

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • REcent references fromPubMed.
  • Mansfield KL, Burr PD, Snodgrass DR, Sayers R & Fooks AR (2004)Factors affecting the serological response of dogs and cats to rabies vaccinationVet Rec.154(14), 423-426.PubMed
  • Shaw S E et al(2003)Review of exotic diseases in small animals entering the United Kingdom from abroad diagnosed by PCR. Vet Rec152(6), 176-177.PubMed
  • Cox M et al(1999)Public preferences regarding rabies-prevention policies in the UK. Prev Vet Med41(4), 257-270.PubMed
  • Scudamore J M (1999)Pet travel scheme. Vet Rec145(8), 236.PubMed

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