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Travelling abroad with your pet

Being a nation of animal lovers many of us enjoy sharing our holidays with our four-legged friends.

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 than ever for us to travel with our pets. With a Brexit extension, granted in April 2019, the current rules for pet travel are likely to remain in place for the summer of 2019*.  This means the cats, dogs and ferrets from the UK can still travel to all EU countries and return to the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). However, with Brexit on the horizon the legislation is likely to change again so keep checking for up to date advice.

It is important to remember that the legislation in place is primarily to protect human health and therefore there is lots more we can do to protect our pets. When travelling with our pets they may be exposed to diseases which are not found in the UK (exotic diseases).

These pages describe some of the main exotic disease risks that your pet may face when travelling within Europe and the steps that you can take to help reduce the risks to your pet.

We hope you have a safe Journey!


*Subject to change in accordance with Brexit. We strongly advise that you visit your vet at least 4 months in advance of travel to prepare for all eventualities