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Pet Travel Scheme & export of pets

If you meet the rules of the UK Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), you can take your pet cat, dog or ferret abroad and return to the UK without the need for quarantine.

Before travelling, you must take your animal to a vet so that it can be:

  • fitted with a microchip
  • vaccinated against rabies
  • issued with a pet passport (if it's travelling in the EU) or has a third country veterinary certificate.

You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling.

Dogs must also be treated by a vet for tapeworm, not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before its scheduled time of entry into the UK.

Once these steps are carried out, you can travel to (and return from) most EU countries and some non-EU countries.

It can be time consuming and expensive to obtain a pet passport but the vets at our surgery are happy to explain the procedures and costs involved.

Further information can be found on the DEFRA website.

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