IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Your pet dog must have had mandatory tapeworm treatment administered by a vet between 24–120 hours before arrival in the UK
  • Please note if the tapeworm treatment is not administered in time or correctly documented by a vet, it will result in your pet being refused travel. See passport problems.
  • Tapeworm treatment must:
  • Be administrated by a vet
  • Must contain Praziquantel to be effective against Echinococcus tapeworm

The following products: Stronghold, Advocate, Frontline or Frontline Combo, Nexgard or Nexgard Spectra will not be accepted and will result in the animal being refused travel.

 

Pet Travel Scheme

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 or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).

DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation

Microchip In order to identify your pet (dog, cat or ferret) it must be fitted with a microchip before initial rabies vaccination is carried out.

The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.

A tattoo from any country in the world is acceptable providing it has been done at the latest on the 3 July 2011

Rabies vaccination Your pet (who must be at least 12 weeks old) must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement.

The vaccine name and manufacturer, as well as vaccination and expiry dates, must be recorded in the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate by a registered vet (signature and stamp are required).

There is no exemption to this requirement. If you are travelling from EU and listed non-EU countries, the length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21-day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.

Travel to the UK must take place within the current vaccination validity.

Tapeworm treatment
(Dogs only)
Your dog must be treated against tapeworm before travelling to the UK.

Treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours (1 day) and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before the dog's scheduled arrival time in the UK. Treatment date and time must be recorded by the vet on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.

Blood test A blood test is no longer required if you are entering the UK from EU and listed non-EU countries.

If entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries a blood sample must be taken at least 30 days after rabies vaccination and the length of waiting period before entry to the UK is three calendar months from the date your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result.

Tick treatment
(Continent to the UK only)
No longer required.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the DEFRA website. For full details on pet travel rules click here.