Pet Passports

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Microchip

Your cat or dog or ferret needs a microchip to identify them. And then once they are at least 3 months old, they need a rabies vaccination. Your vet can issue them with their brand new EU pet passport.

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Validity

However, even if you have got your passport, it is not valid for travel until at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination is given.

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Vet Check

Coming back to UK is pretty simple from Listed country or the EU (full list is here). Your dog will need a vet check and tapeworm treatment 1-5 days before they come back, your cat will just be able to come back.

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Blood Sample

Coming back from further afield – an unlisted country – is much tougher. Your pet needs a rabies blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccine and then a 3 month wait after the blood sample is taken. The consequences of getting this wrong are bad – your dog or cat would have to go to quarantine for up to 4 months.

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Countries and Territories that use Pet Passports