PETS Travel Scheme compliance checklist
Making sure your Pet passport is completed correctly
Here's what must be checked by pet owners and vets to ensure compliance with the Pet Travel Scheme. If any of these details are incomplete or incorrect, then the animal will be refused travel. A muzzle is also compulsory on all routes.
Since 29 December 2014, the rules for bringing a pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK have changed. The Government have produced some guidance on the new changes alongside it's in-depth information about pet travel in the EU.
Any alterations to pet passports must be signed and stamped by the vet making the correction to be acceptable for travel. If you have an old style pet passport, this will still be accepted but only if it has been issued before 29 December 2014. All pet passports issued after 29 December 2014 must be the new style pet passport.
Please ensure that the tapeworm treatment has been recorded on the correct page, failure to do so will result in refusal at the port.
The images displayed below are taken from the old style pet passports.
Passport Section III - Identification of animal
The microchip number
The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport.
The date of microchipping
The date of microchipping MUST be shown as being on or before the date of initial vaccination against rabies.
Passport Section IV - Vaccination against rabies
All boxes must be completed:
- Manufacturer and name of vaccine
- Vaccination date and expiry date
- Signature and stamp of authorized vet (this is only required for old style pet passports.)
The voyage to the UK must take place before the 'valid until' date of the last booster vaccination.
The vaccination must be done after the microchipping and the animal must be a minimum of 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated. The length of the waiting period before movement between any European country is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination. Travel from the UK is also not permitted until 21 days have elapsed.
Passport Section V - Rabies Serological Test
Not required since 01/01/12.
Passport Section VI - Tick Treatment
Not required since 01/01/12.
Passport Section VII - Tapeworm Treatment
All boxes must be filled in:
- Manufacturer and name of product
- Date of the treatment in the upper box
- Time of the treatment in the lower box
- Stamp and signature of the vet
Dogs - The treatment must have been carried out 24 - 120 hours before arrival in the UK.
Cats/Ferrets - No longer required.
Standard certification rules apply to completion of the passport:
- No correction fluid
- No alterations without initial and stamp
- Completed in ink
Passengers travelling with dogs
One of the most common problems we see is the mistiming of the tapeworm treatment. Please pay special attention to the 'treatment window', ie 24-120 hours before scheduled arrival in the UK making sure you have arranged an appointment with the vet within the required time. Please be aware of weekend opening times and local holidays
Useful external link
Full details and regulations about the transport of dogs & cats back into the UK on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) without putting them into quarantine.