There are a number of steps which must be completed before we can travel to and from the EU with our pets and these must be done at certain times.

The steps which correspond to the current legisalation* are detailed below. However, with the uncertainity surrounding Brexit we advise you visit your vet at least 4 months before your proposed date of departure to ensure that you are prepared for any change in rules.

*For travel to and from EU countries

Visit the link below for up to date advice on Brexit and pet travel


What to do when travelling with your pet?

At least 2 months pre-departure: visit your vet

If your pet has not been previously vaccinated against rabies† or is due a rabies booster then ensure this is done. If your pet does not have a passport then ask your vet to issue a PETS passport. Ensure that your pet is microchipped.

† After the first rabies vaccination you must wait 21 days prior to travel. This does not apply to boosters.

1 month pre-departure: visit your vet

Visit your vet to discuss vaccination against leishmania (dogs only).

1 week before travel

To ensure your pet and family are fully protected ask your vet for parasite products that will provide protection for the duration of your stay. For travel with dogs, it’s wise at this point to locate a vet nearby to the port from which you’ll be returning to the UK, to provide the necessary worming treatment.

24 – 120 hours before return to the UK

For dogs only, a veterinary-certified tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet.


Plan a visit to your vet to ensure your pet is thoroughly checked over. It is also advisable for dogs to receive a tapeworm treatment within 28 days after return from abroad. This is because your dog may have been exposed to E. multilocularis between treatment for tapeworm and departure. This tapeworm treatment can be prescribed during this visit.


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