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Pet Passports

The PETS Travel Scheme allows animals to re-enter the UK after travelling abroad without the need for quarantine.


To obtain an EU pet passport from Newton Vets you will need to:

1) Microchip your pet (if not done so already)

2) Vaccinate your pet against rabies (it is illegal to vaccinate a non-microchipped animal). Your pet must be more than 3 calendar months old.

A blood sample post rabies vaccination is no longer required for animals travelling to listed EU countries, only a waiting period of 21 DAYS from the time of vaccination.  Blood testing, to check your pets immune response to the vaccination, is optional and can be undertaken on request. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided Rabies boosters are kept up to date.

The UK Pet Passport is a re-entry passport for coming back into this country.  It does not necessarily give you the right to enter foreign countries with your pet.  It is always your responsibility to contact DEFRA to enquire about the import requirements for any particular country.




Entry into most European countries is generally straight forward.  However, import requirements to other countries might involve a veterinary health certificate and official certification perhaps 48 hours before departure.

Certain countries have slightly different Rabies booster protocols in order to satisfy their import requirements.  An example of this is Spain that requires a yearly vaccine, even though the re-entry passport for the UK may be fully valid. So please check, and double-check, the rules and regulations so you are not caught out.


Before entering the UK

From the 1st January 2012, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK.  There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment anymore.

What happens when the passport expires?

Your passport will normally expire on the day the rabies booster is due.  Provided a booster dose is given BEFORE this date we can update your pet’s passport.

Rabies booster doses are given every 3 years for dogs and cats.  Nevertheless, certain countries may  require a Rabies booster within 12 months of entry, for example, Spain and Switzerland.

When travelling abroad please be aware that some countries have animal diseases that are not present in the UK.  You may need to take further precautions to keep your pet healthy.