Pet travel

The documents you need

If you’re travelling with your pet you’ll need a special pet passport, which we can prepare for you.

  • Your pet must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies first
  • If you want to travel within EU-listed countries you can start using the passport 21 days after the date of the rabies vaccination
  • For non EU listed countries, you might also need blood tests and an export certificate – check the DEFRA website for details (link).
  • You will need your pet’s passport stamped by a veterinary surgeon to certify that a tapeworm treatment has been administered 24 to 120 hours before re-entry into Britain. Every animal needs this special certification before returning home to the UK. If your trip lasts less than 120 hours, we can give your pet the treatment they need and sign the passport for you. If not you’ll need to see a veterinary surgeon in your destination country within the right time frame.

Tick treatment isn’t a requirement of the pet travel scheme, but we strongly recommend you use tick prevention treatment if you’re visiting a region where tick-borne diseases are common. It matters because some of these diseases are fatal to pets. If you need advice about tick control, ask us. We’ll be delighted to help.

For full information about pets and travel, visit the Pet Travel Scheme website or call their helpline on 0370 241 1710.