To get your Pet Passport
1. Your dog or cat must be microchipped if this
has not already been done.
2. He or she must be vaccinated with a licenced Rabies vaccine
by a Veterinary Surgeon.
3. The Passport must be completed and issued by one of our
five DEFRA licenced Official Veterinary Surgeons.
4. The Passport becomes valid for travel after 21 days.
Keeping your Pet Passport up to date
To keep the passport up to date, your
pet must receive a Rabies booster within the time limit stipulated
by the vaccine manufacturers data sheet.
In the case of the Virbac vaccine that we are currently using
at The Veterinary Centre that means a booster every 3 years.
If you miss that 3 year deadline by even one day you will
have to wait 21 days, from the date that the booster is given,
before your pet can travel again.
Using your Pet Passport to Travel Abroad
from the UK
Every nation state has its own rules and regulations for
allowing animals into their country and you are strongly advised
to visit the
DEFRA website well in advance of your intended journey,
to ensure that your pet will be allowed into your holiday
destination in the first place!
For countries outside the EU Pet Passport scheme the regulations
for travelling with your pet may be very much more complicated,
even draconian, and in some cases will involve a period of
quarantine. If you are considering taking your dog or cat
further afield then you need to plan ahead. For some destinations
you may need to start preparations as much as a year in advance.
Your pet can travel to EU listed countries, and also return
to the UK without need for quarantine, 21 days from the date
of the Rabies vaccination.
If you intend to stay with your pet in a foreign
country for a prolonged period, say more than 3 months, you
may well have to comply with the law of that country regarding
Rabies vaccination and often that means vaccinating annually
regardless of what the vaccine data sheet recommends.
Returning to the UK
Before returning to the UK you must get your DOG treated
for Tapeworm with an approved product administered by a Veterinarian,
24 to 120 hours (one to five days) before embarkation. The
veterinarian must record the treatment given, and the date
and time of administration, in the passport.
Cats are exempt from this bit.
Your pet must travel via an approved carrier who will check
the pets microchip and the passport before allowing you to
embark. You can't bring your dog or cat into the UK on a private
boat or private plane.
Dangers for Dogs Abroad
If you aim to take your dog on holiday
abroad see how best to protect them against serious and potentially
life-threatening illnesses that they may contract.
your Dog Abroad "
Further details are available on