The PETS Scheme
If you are going abroad with your cat, dog or ferret, the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) could help avoid long quarantine periods when you return. Working guide dogs and hearing dogs may also travel on the scheme.
The Scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel. All pet cats, dogs and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme.
To be eligible, your pet must:
– first be fitted with a microchip
– then be vaccinated against rabies and have a passport issued
Pets from the EU must:
– wait 21 days from the date of their first rabies vaccination before returning to the UK or travelling to another country
For other countries there may be additional requirements so we would advise that you check the DEFRA website for up to date information.
You must also ensure that your pet:
– is treated by a vet for tapeworm, not less than 24 hours and not more than 5 days before the scheduled time of departure to the UK (dogs only)
– travels into the UK on a PETS-approved sea, air or rail route
Our cost for rabies vaccination and issuing a passport is £91.80 and microchipping is £25 if not already done (prices correct at 09/01/2017).
Once your pet has had it’s microchip inserted and been vaccinated against rabies, you will be issued with a passport for them. As standard, we use a rabies vaccination that provides cover for three years.
To extend the validity of your pet’s passport, please have them re-vaccinated before the ‘valid until’ date in the passport. If you pet is domiciled in France (lives there for more than 3 months continuously), annual vaccination will be required. Other countries may also have their own regulations.
To re-enter the UK your pet must be examined and treated by a continental veterinarian against tapeworms more than 24 hours but less than 5 days before the time of departure (ferry/plane/train) to UK. Section VII should be completed and stamped by the vet performing the treatment.