How to prepare your dog or cat for the trip

Preparing Your Cat Or Dog For A Trip From Europe To The UK

Step 1: Have your pet microchipped – before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.

Step 2: Have your pet vaccinated – after the microchip has been fitted, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement. Even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination, rabies boosters must be kept up-to-date. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date, however, a waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are up-to-date.

Please note that if the vaccination is in two parts, the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.

Step 3: Get pet travel documentation – for animals travelling from an EU country, you should ensure they have an official EU pet passport. If the animal is travelling from a non-EU listed country or territory, you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (with the exception of Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, who also issue pet passports).

Step 4: Tapeworm treatment (dogs only) – prior to entering the UK, all dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment has to be administered by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before the dog's scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment and no treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta.

Step 5: Arrange for your animal to travel with Go Fetch Ltd!


What You Need To Do When Your Pet Is Entering The UK From The Republic Of Ireland

Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States must meet the same animal health rules. From 1 January 2012, the requirement has been that all pets travelling from the Republic of Ireland to the UK should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport

As both the Republic of Ireland and the UK have had no indigenous rabies for many decades, compliance checks on pets travelling between the two countries will not be applied. Pet owners travelling with their pets should therefore not experience any change on the ground as per the above.

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