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You will need a pet passport for your cat if they will be travelling to the UK from an EU country. A cat passport will also be accepted from some other countries, including: Canary Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland and Vatican City. Other countries (unlisted “third” countries) will require slightly different documents and even a rabies blood sample to enter UK.
You could also need a cat passport for your cat if they are travelling from the UK to a listed or unlisted country, and then returning to the UK. The requirements to enter or return to the UK with your cat include: your pet being microchipped, having a cat passport and having a rabies vaccination. The destination country will demand their own specific set of rules and these differ from country to country.
A pet passport lists the different treatments your cat has had, this is because some treatments are required for travel to certain countries. You can get a cat passport from certain vets in EU countries and the other countries the UK accepts pet passports from. If your vet doesn’t specialise in pet passports, you can ask them for the nearest vet that does, or you can contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Alternatively, PetAir can take care of the whole travel process for you. Being owned & run by vets we can take care of all the paperwork required for your cat to travel.
To be issued a pet passport you’ll need your cat, it’s identity and vaccination records and any rabies blood test results (if necessary). The passport is only valid if you meet the entry requirements.
Before you travel you should check the following sections are filled in on your pet passport:
- Details of ownership – This must be signed by you.
- Description of your cat
- Marking or identification of your cat
- Vaccination against rabies
- Rabies blood test – If needed
- Details of the vet who issued the passport.
You should be aware that your cat needs to be microchipped as part of the process. The microchip must have been inserted before or at the same time as their rabies vaccination. If this isn’t the case, they will need to be vaccinated again. Your cat must also have had their rabies vaccination for a minimum of 21 days before they travel to the UK.