EU Pet Travel Scheme (Pet Passports)

EU Pet Travel Scheme (referred to as PETS or Pet Passports)

The EU PETS scheme enables pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine, as long as they meet the rules. Pets normally resident in the UK, may also travel to other EU countries and return without requiring quarantine.

If your pet is transported by air then it must be shipped in an IATA approved transit container (or kennel).   The following notes have been produced as a guideline to exporting your pet to an E.U Country under the PETS scheme however, you should always check with your local DEFRA office in case there are any specific Country variations.

From 29 December 2014 your pet/s must be at least 12 weeks old before getting vaccinated against Rabies for the purposes of pet travel.> These rules will be the same across the EU and help pet checkers carry out compliance checks. It will also prevent very young pets being moved across the EU.

EU Pet Travel Scheme (referred to as PETS)

Preparing your dog or cat for PETS To comply with PETS regulations you must follow the procedure listed below:

Step 1 – Have your pet microchipped – Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.

Step 2 – Have your pet vaccinated – After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination 

Step 3 – You will need to wait a minimum of 21 days before your pet travels to the EU.  (The day of the vaccination counts as day 0 not day 1)

Step 4 – Get PETS documentation – For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland are also issuing passports. 

Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company (such as on an authorised route; your pet must enter the UK from a listed country, travelling with an approved transport company, on an authorised route.

Make sure you have read and understood all of this guidance before you bring your pet into or back into the UK.

If you are not able to accompany your pet/s then you (or the person you have authorized in writing) must travel within 5 days of your pet/s movement.

Certain countries will insist you travel on the same flight – Sweden, Denmark. 

If you are travelling with more than 5 pets, selling or rehoming your pets you will need to comply with additional rules. This also applies for pets travelling for Shows & Competitions.


Updated 03.03.15

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