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PETS Travel Scheme
The PETS Travel Scheme is the system that allows pet animals from certain countries to
enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. It also means that people
in the UK can take their pets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with them
to the UK. They can also, having taken their pets to certain non-EU countries, bring them
back to the UK without the need for quarantine.
From 1January 2012 the requirement is that all pets travelling from the Republic of Ireland
to the UK should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet
The Scheme only applies to pets coming into the UK from certain countries and territories.
Dogs, cats and ferrets must not have been outside any of these countries in the 6 calendar
months before entering the UK.
Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under pets may only do so on certain sea, air and
Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK from non-qualifying (unlisted) countries must spend
6 months in quarantine on arrival.
It is against the law in Great Britain to possess certain types of animals and meeting the
requirements of pets will not change that.
Have your pet microchipped
Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so
that it can be properly identified.
Have your pet vaccinated
After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies (but not before it is 3
Get PETS documentation
For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing
your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country
veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue
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
(No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route. Your pet
must enter the UK from a listed country travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised
route. For the latest information on this you should visit the DEFRA website. On arrival, transport staff
will check all your certification. If any checks fail, your pet is likely to either go into quarantine, or be
returned to the country from which it has just come.
You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all
the rules for entering the UK under the Pet Travel
Scheme. Make sure you have had the procedures
carried out in the correct order and your pet’s
documentation is correctly completed. If you do not,
your pet may not be able to enter the country or may
have to be licensed into quarantine on arrival. This
will mean delay and will cost you money. We ALWAYS
advise refer to the DEFRA website for the most up to