Pet Passports

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Do I Need a Pet Passport?

If you want to travel with your dog, cat or ferret and either re-enter the UK at a later date, then you will need to have a valid Pet Passport.

You will also require a Pet Passport if you are emigrating to an EU or non-EU listed country (a country with passport requirements).

What are the Pet Passport Requirements?

  • A working microchip
  • Rabies vaccination (only valid if given AFTER your pet has been microchipped)
  • Official Documentation– Pet Passport or official third country veterinary certificate
  • For dogs – tapeworm treatment (required 1-5 days before re-entry into the UK and must be overseen by a vet in the country you are in)
  • You also are required to have 21 clear days between having the first rabies vaccine and being able to travel (this does not apply for boosters).

Check The Requirements of Your Origin and Destination Countries Before You Travel

Check the list of approved countries on the DEFRA website (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs).

Visit the UK Government website to check the latest Pet Passport requirements.


Will Brexit affect your pet passport? In short, the answer is probably, but how much is still uncertain.

Keep an eye on the latest government advice regarding if your pet passport will become invalid. The British Veterinary Association also has up-to-date advice regarding the developing situation.

We will keep this page updated as we learn more.

However, if you are planning to take your pet abroad after 31st October 2019 and have yet to arrange a Pet Passport, you should speak to your vet now. Current advice is to contact your vet at least 4 months before travel.

Pet Passports can only be issued by certain registered vets – please check when booking