As of from 1st January 2012, it will become cheaper and easier to travel to the UK with pets, as they will no longer need a rabies blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel.


The new requirements for dogs, cats and ferrets will be as follows:

  • European Pet Passport
  • Microchip - 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. ISO (International Standards Organisation) Standard microchips meeting specifications 11784 or Annex A of ISO Standard 11785 must be used.
  • Rabies Vaccination - 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. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.
  • Tapeworm Treatment - (dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK.
  • There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment anymore.

At our clinic we are able to assit you with all your travelling needs. So please do not hesitate to speak to us.