The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) was introduced in 2000 allowing cats, dogs and ferrets to travel, between certain countries, without being placed in quarantine, and in 2012 the rules were relaxed further making it easier to travel with our pets.
The current requirements for taking your pet abroad, to EU countries*, were changed on 1st January 2021 as the UK left the European Union (Brexit) and are shown below.
Before you travel ensure you have the most up to date advice by visiting www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain.
* For travel advice to countries outside the EU visit www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/listed-and-unlisted-countries.
To travel abroad your pet must have had a rabies vaccination. This can be given from 12 weeks of age. You must also wait until 21 days after the first vaccination until you travel*.
Your pet must have had an ISO compatible microchip inserted either before or at the time of rabies vaccination.
*Wait period is only required after the first vaccination, providing that booster vaccines are kept up to date.
Before you travel to the EU your pet will need to be issued with an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) within 10 days of travel. This will detail their microchip number, rabies vaccination, details of ownership and a description of your pet. This certificate will be valid for re-entry into the UK for 4 months.
Before returning to the UK with your dog they will need to be administered a tapeworm treatment. This must be given by a veterinary surgeon (and recorded in the AHC) 1-5 days before return to the UK.
You do not need to administer this if returning from Ireland, Finland, Malta or Norway.
It is advised to treat your dog again within 28 days of returning to the UK.
For up-to-date travel advice visit www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain.