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You will need a pet passport for your dog if they will be travelling to the UK from an EU country. A dog 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 passport for dogs 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 dog include: your pet being microchipped, having a pet passport, tapeworm treatment and having a rabies vaccination. The destination country will demand their own specific set of rules and these differ from country to country.
Getting a pet passport differs slightly depending on the pet you require it for. A dog passport lists the different treatments your dog has had, this is because some treatments are required for travel to certain countries. You can get a dog passport from certain vets in EU countries and the other countries that the UK accepts dog 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 dog to travel.
To be issued a pet passport you’ll need your dog, it’s identity and vaccination records and any rabies blood test results. 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 dog
- Marking or identification of your dog
- Vaccination against rabies
- Rabies blood test – If needed
- Tapeworm treatment under the Echinococcus treatment section – for travel into UK.
- This should include the name and manufacturer of the treatment, the date and time of treatment, and the vet stamp and signature.
- Details of the vet who issued the passport.
You should be aware that your dog 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 dog must also have had their rabies vaccination for a minimum of 21 days before they travel to the UK.
Every time you bring your dog to the UK, they will need to be treated for tapeworm. This treatment needs to have been given between 24 hours and 5 days before you travel. If you don’t follow this rule, your dog can be put into quarantine on arrival. Your dog would be kept in quarantine until it meets the pet travel rules, has been quarantined for 4 months or you’re sending it back to the country it travelled from. The costs of quarantine would be your responsibility.