Pet Passport Regulations

As of 1st January 2012 Pet Passport rules have changed. To travel to and from the UK with your dog, cat or ferret from one of the EU member states or approved non-EU countries you still need a pet passport.

To see a list of the approved countries go to the DEFRA (department for environment food and rural affairs) website .

It is always a good idea to visit the UK Government website to check the latest requirements and guidelines for pet passports.

The rule change mainly affect pets getting a passport for the first time. The new rules for getting a pet passport mean that the following is required:

  • The pet must be microchipped
  • The pet must have a rabies vaccination
  • After the vaccination the passport can be issued but the pet must not re-enter the UK for 21 days from the date of the vaccination

Once you have the passport you still need to keep up to date with booster vaccinations according to the vaccine manufactures recommendations. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure they have the booster in time.

If the booster is overdue you may need to restart the vaccination and you then cannot use the passport for 21 days following the new vaccination.


When you are abroad and wishing to enter the UK with your pet, you will need

  • Valid passport with up to date vaccinations (including rabies)
  • Tapeworm treatment 1-5 days prior to entry into UK


If you are immigrating or travelling to a county that is not in the EU and not on the approved list the rules may be quite different. This can all take several months to complete, so it is very important to find out exactly what is needed well in advance.

It is also a good idea to contact the shipping company if your pet is travelling by plane. Alternatively you can contact the embassy of the country in question.


You can also visit our page on Pet Passports.

Taking Your Pet On Holiday
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