Pet passports & free travel clinics
1. Microchip animal. We prefer to microchip and then only vaccinate against Rabies one week later. This is done to try and limit any problems with the microchip (i.e. either a problem microchip or if it is lost from insertion site). Please ensure that your pet is kept quiet for at least 12-hours post-microchip insertion (this means taking your pet home after microchip insertion and keeping your dog / cat indoors and quiet whilst the entry hole ‘seals’ up).
2. Rabies vaccination one week after microchip insertion. Rabies vaccine can be administered with a normal booster vaccine. Dogs and cats must be at least 3 calendar months’ old before being vaccinated.
3. The dog / cat is allowed to travel to PETS qualifying countries 21 days after Rabies vaccination (with correct documentation from the veterinary surgery (EU countries included in Pet Passport Scheme) but those countries outside of the EU may require further documentation issued by DEFRA/Animal Health. Please check with DEFRA/Animal Health about specific country requirements.
4. The passport can be issued 21 days after Rabies vaccination. We need to confirm that the microchip number is working. An appointment is required with an Official Veterinarian at the practice, at which time the details will be checked and the necessary paperwork issued. Please remember that, depending on your intended destination, you may still require an official DEFRA-issued export licence to certain countries (non-EU countries). Some countries require that an incoming animal be accompanied by a separate export health certificate. This would mean that your pet is examined by an Official Veterinarian at the practice within a time period specified by the importing country. This information can be obtained from DEFRA/Animal Health.
5. Prior to travel we would generally advise that the dog / cat is checked before travel to ensure that microchip is working and the required paperwork is completed. Please remember that the PETS does not state a minimum or maximum time period pre-travel microchip check. We suggest a check before travel to ensure that the owner does not travel with his/her pet and find that on his/her return to the UK, that the microchip is not working – this would mean a four-month quarantine period for the dog / cat. Please check and confirm whether or not your country of destination has a specific import requirement/s (e.g. Malta, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, etc). The owner must contact DEFRA/Animal Health or the country of destinations’ animal health office to organise the required official export certificate (if required). This certificate will be posted either to the veterinary surgery or to the owner. The owner must make an appointment to see an Official Veterinarian to complete all the necessary health examination and completion of the paperwork. An ill pet will not qualify for travel.
6. From 1 January 2012 tapeworm rules will apply to pet dogs only. Not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme, your dog must be treated against tapeworm and the treatment recorded in the EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta). Your dog must be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis using an approved/licensed veterinary medicine whose active ingredient is Praziquantel, or an equivalent product. You should check with your vet to ensure the correct treatment is used.
A qualified vet must carry out and record the treatment in your pet’s passport or third country certificate. You must not administer the treatment yourself. The vet will charge you for this service. The treatment must be carried out every time your pet enters the UK.
If, before you enter the UK, less than 24 hours has passed since the treatment, you will have to wait until the full 24 hours have passed before you can enter with your pet. If the treatment was done more than 120 hours before you enter the UK, you will have to have your pet treated again, have the treatment recorded in the relevant document, and wait at least 24 hours before entry. In these circumstances the waiting period and treatment for tapeworm can be carried out in quarantine.
Pets being taken abroad from the UK on day trips will need to have the treatment carried out in the UK not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before they enter the UK on the return journey. In these circumstances, it is recommended that a further treatment should be administered 28 days after return.
Pet owners are reminded that it is considered good practice to regularly treat their animals against a range of ticks and tapeworms as part of their routine health management, especially if travelling abroad.
7. Not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme, your dog must be treated against tapeworm and the treatment recorded in the EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate. The veterinarian will deworm the pet with the required deworming tablet/s. The owner must NOT administer these preparations themselves, as the veterinarian will complete the necessary section in the Pet Passport after applying/dosing the animal/s with the necessary medications. This passport will need to be presented to the UK Customs officials. For your pet to enter the UK under PETS you will need the following documents to the Scheme-approved transport company bringing your pet to the UK:
An official Pet Passport, fully completed and signed by a Government-approved veterinarian (in the UK an Official Veterinarian), holding veterinary declarations that your pet has been first microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies. Make sure you are travelling to the UK within the validity dates of the rabies vaccination.
The completed Pet Passport section confirming that your pet has been treated the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.
8. The owner must present a Pet Passport (all completed and signed as per point number 8 above) to the UK Customs officials. The Pet Passport will be issued to the owners by this veterinary surgery. If owners wish to travel to a PETS qualifying country and return within 24 – 120 hours, then the owner must make an appointment with the Official Veterinarian at the practice. Pets being taken abroad from the UK on day trips will need to have the treatment carried out in the UK not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before they enter the UK on the return journey. In these circumstances, it is recommended that a further treatment should be administered 28 days after return.
9. Dogs and cats initially require a Rabisin® Rabies vaccination yearly for the first two years and thereafter every three years to re-enter the UK. HOWEVER, owners must be aware that most European countries require annual Rabies vaccination if your pet is continually resident in that country for three months or more. European countries should recognise the country of origin datasheet guidelines (i.e. the 1 year initially, thereafter 3 year validity of the Rabisin® vaccine) BUT require annual Rabies vaccination if the animal in question is in the European country for 3 months or longer.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RABIES BOOSTER VACCINATION MUST BE ADMINISTERED BEFORE THE DUE BOOSTER DATE. IF THE RABIES VACCINATION IS ALLOWED TO LAPSE BEYOND THE STIPULATED PERIOD (THIS IS THE TIME PERIOD FROM THE FIRST OR SUBSEQUENT RABIES VACCINATION), THEN THE ANIMAL WILL NEED TO START THE WHOLE PROCEDURE FROM THE BEGINNING (i.e. rabies vaccination and then a 21-day wait until the pet is allowed to travel from the UK).
We have attempted to clarify the requirements for the Pet Travel Scheme but would advise you to either check with DEFRA/Animal Health on their Helpline or via their website to confirm your specific travel requirements. For further details ring the PETS Helpline on 0870 241 1710 or visit the PETS website at www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/
From time to time changes will be made to the Pet Travel Scheme and as such we cannot guarantee that all of the above information is correct at the time of your travel. Edgewood Veterinary Group Ltd, its directors or any staff members cannot be held liable for any misinformation or confusion arising from these guidance notes.