Pet Passport Scheme


We may all be a bit tired of hearing about Brexit, but the implications for travelling with your pet may not have occurred to you. To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to Europe after the 29th March please review the government advice in the attached link and if you have any queries please contact your local surgery and arrange to speak to one of our vet team.

If the UK makes a deal with the EU, we expect it is likely that the current PETS travel scheme will continue. If no deal is reached, pets travelling from the UK within the EU may potentially be treated as coming from an “unlisted country”. This means that current pet passports will no longer be valid for travel without additional steps. It may become necessary to have a blood test 31+ days after a rabies vaccination, then wait 3 months after a positive blood test before travel, equating to a 4 month gap between starting and finishing the preparation process. If you are planning to take your pet abroad after March 29th please be aware you may need to start this process in the next few weeks. If you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pet Passport Current Scheme – This may change after Brexit

We issue pet passports and carry out all the necessary checks your pets need before they go abroad with you. The following information gives a broad overview of the passport process:

This information should be read alongside information provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and not instead of it. Their local contact details are listed at the bottom of the page, along with a contact number for the Pet Passport Scheme helpline.

The Pet Passport Scheme is designed to:

  • Allow cats or dogs to return to the UK, from the EU or other participating countries, without having to stay in quarantine for 6 months.  A number of conditions that must be met are listed below.
  • From July 3rd, 2004 the Pet Travel Scheme allowed cats or dogs to be exported to other countries within the EU, except for Sweden, without needing an Export Certificate.  Please contact DEFRA for details.

Pet Passport Scheme Requirements

Your pet must:

  • Have an identichip.
  • Have an up to date rabies vaccination, (animals younger than 6 months, or older than 10 years, are recommended to have 2 rabies vaccine doses 2-4 week’s apart).
  • Wait 21 days after the rabies vaccination before travelling.
  • Travel into the UK must be on an approved route.
  • Dogs must be treated by a vet for tapeworm between 24 and 120 hours (one to five days) before arrival into the UK and the pet passport signed accordingly. No treatment is required for dogs entering from Finland, Ireland or Malta.

The Pet Passport will be valid until the rabies vaccination is due for renewal (usually a rabies booster must be given not more than 3 years after the initial course).

Please contact the Surgery if you have any questions.

Important Reminders

If the rabies booster is given after the due date shown on your Passport, then to continue on the Pet Passport Scheme the whole process shown above has to be repeated.  For dogs and cats rabies boosters in this country are currently required not more than 3 years after the initial course.

It is advisable to check your pet’s identichip prior to travelling overseas. There have been some reports of identichips not working on return to the UK, with the result that animals have had to go through quarantine.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with one of our Vets or Nurses.

Further information is available at:

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Government Buildings, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PZ, Tel: 01132 300100

Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) Helpline 0870 2411710

Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) Website