Changes to the Pet Travel Scheme

Bringing pets into the UK


As of the 1st January 2012 new regulations concerning pet travel into the UK will come into force.

For those owners wishing to gain entry for their pet from other EU Member States and “approved” non-EU countries the checklist is as follows:

 Is your pet microchipped? **
 Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies? **
 Was your pet vaccinated after it was microchipped?
 Do you have a valid Pet Passport** (or non-EU equivalent)?
 Have 21 days passed since your pet was vaccinated?
 Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?
 Have you treated your dog (N/A cats and other species) for tapeworm 1-5 days before its arrival in the UK?

This new arrangement does away with post vaccination blood sampling in order to check sufficient antibodies against Rabies virus have been formed. Whereas entry into the UK was only permitted after a minimum of six months had elapsed from the date of blood sampling, the waiting period has been dramatically reduced to 21 days. Lastly though the requirement for tapeworm treatment of dogs remains, that for tick treatment has been dispensed with. At Abercorn our strong advice to clients would be to keep dogs covered against ticks for the duration of any visit to Continental Europe. There are a number of unpleasant diseases that can be transmitted to dogs via ticks (and also sandflies). We can supply a very effective tick and sandfly repellent in a “spot-on” formulation. Applied properly and at the correct recommended intervals this massively reduces the risk of your dog falling victim to tick / sandfly borne disease.

For those owners wishing to gain entry from non-approved countries the checklist is as follows:

 Is your pet microchipped?
 Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
 Was your pet vaccinated after it was microchipped?
 Was a blood sample to check for Rabies antibodies taken from your pet at least 30 days after it was vaccinated?**
 Has your pet passed the blood test?
 Has your pet got an EU Pet Passport** or Official Veterinary Health Certificate** from your vet certifying the microchip, vaccination and blood sample result?
 Have three months passed since the date the blood sample was taken?
 Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?
 Have you treated your dog (N/A cats and other species) for tapeworm 1-5 days before its arrival in the UK?


** All these can be supplied / administered by the practice.

 

Taking pets out of the UK

The rules for pets travelling from the UK to other countries will not change. Owners wishing to take their pets abroad are advised to check with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) for details of the export certification requirements for the destination country.
Email: CatandDogExports.Carlisle@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk