Travel and Pets
Many owners take their pets overseas with them. In order to re-enter the UK, without going into quarantine, pets need to have a valid pet passport.
From the 1st January 2012, the rules for pet travel were relaxed, making it easier for your pet to obtain a passport and travel within the EU and listed third countries (e.g USA, Australia and Japan).
A blood test is NO LONGER a requirement of the Pet Travel Scheme within the EU and listed third countries. If you are travelling to an unlisted third country (eg South Africa, Brazil, India), then a blood test to check rabies antibody levels is required at least 30 days after rabies vaccination. You cannot re-enter the UK from an unlisted third country until 3 months after the date of the blood test.
Pets need to satisfy the following requirements to get a passport from an Official Veterinary Surgeon:
Have a current, valid rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccinations must be given at least 21 days prior to travel. Your pet will need to have regular rabies boosters to keep their passport up to date (currently every 3 years with nobivac rabies vaccination)
Be in good health
Before re-entering the UK all DOGS will need to be examined by a vet and receive treatment against tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours of traveling (ie within 1-5 days before entering the UK). The vet will need to check and sign in the passport that this has been done.
Please call your local Nine Mile Vet clinic to discuss your pet’s travel plans and to make an appointment today.
It is ultimately owner’s responsibility to ensure that their pets satisfy and comply with the requirements for travel to and from the UK and Nine Mile Veterinary Group advise owners to consult DEFRA for more information.
If you are thinking about making a more permanent move with your pet, it's a good idea to use a reputable export agency to help you as the export paperwork can be complicated. Pet Air UK can help you with all your pet travel needs.