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PETS  Passport  Scheme
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PETS Passport Scheme

PETS  Passport  Scheme

Dogs and cats entering the UK from the EU, and other specified countries, can do so with an accompanying PETS Passport.

As of 1st January 2012, the rules governing PETS passports changed.

For a passport to be issued, the following procedures must take place [in this order]:

  • Step 1: Microchip Identification
  • Step 2: Rabies vaccination

The passport becomes valid for travel 21 days after the date of vaccination.

For the passport to remain valid, a rabies booster must be given before the "valid until" date of the last rabies vaccination. This is usually a 2 to 3 year interval.

In addition, for animals that are to return to the UK there is currently a requirement for treatment for ticks and intestinal worms by a veterinary surgeon with approved products 24 to 48 hours before return to the UK. A record of this treatment must be entered in the Passport. From 1st January 2012, the requirement for tick treatment will be removed (although AlphaPet STRONGLY advises all clients to continue to treat their pets for ticks when travelling abroad), although tapeworm treatment will still be required, but the exact details are still to be confirmed.

Costs (as at August 2015)

  • Microchip placement £15.00
  • Rabies Vaccination [minimum age 3 months] £43.65
  • Issue of PETS Passport £63.40

Health Risks:

  • Babesiosis – advise use of Advantix monthly
  • Ehrlichiosis – advise use of Advantix monthly
  • Heartworm – advise use Advocate monthly
  • Leishmaniasis – Sandfly repellent – Advantix every 2 weeks in high risk areas
  • Lungworm - advise use of Advocate monthly

These health risks can be discussed in more detail, if required, at the time of vaccination.

However, the attached map may help to give clients travelling to Europe an idea of where the greatest risks are. Please click on this link: Canine Vector Borne Disease Risk Map

TheBritish Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation also publish a very useful guide to Taking Your Pets Abroad

Further information on the Pet Travel Scheme can be obtained from: