PETS Travel Scheme
What is the PETS Travel Scheme?
From the 1st January 2012, dogs and cats have been able to move freely between PETS-scheme approved countries without a qualifying blood test following the rabies vaccination, providing the following conditions are satisfied:
- The pet must have a permanent microchip implanted. The chip must meet ISO specifications so that it can be read by any standard microchip reader.
- The pet must be vaccinated against rabies after microchipping (but not before 3 months old), using an approved vaccine. Boosters must be given at the manufacturer's recommended intervals.
- The pet must have a PETS passport signed by an official veterinary surgeon, confirming the conditions have been met.
- Some destinations need additional export certification or other requirements before admitting your pet - the best way to check out the details of the requirements of the destination country would be to email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Following the initial vaccination date before travel there is a 21 day wait before travel abroad and /or entry into the UK is allowed.
- There remains a statutory need for a veterinary-certified tapeworm treatment prior to embarkation back in to the UK. 24-120 hours before the return crossing to the UK.
- On re-entry to the UK you are also likely to need to sign a declaration stating that your pet has not been outside any of the qualifying countries.
For further information on the PETS travel scheme please take a look at the gov.uk website here.