This fact sheet is intended as an overview of the information available on the DEFRA website. You are advised to check the DEFRA website for more detailed fact sheets and to ensure that nothing has changed before travelling. We cannot accept any responsibility for any incorrect information on this sheet. It is the owners’ responsibility to make sure they meet the requirements for their pet to travel and not the Veterinary Surgeons.
Pet passports allow dogs and cats to travel to and from the UK, from countries within the EU and certain other non-EU countries (see list of countries at the end of this sheet). It also permits travel between EU countries.
Taking your pet around with you can be a rewarding experience but you should consider the following points before getting a passport:
Your animal should be a good traveller and in a healthy condition if you intend to travel long distances.
They will be exposed to diseases that we don’t have in the UK so get advice about the risks and how to minimize them.
There are a number of costs to take into account to cover rabies vaccination, microchip and passport. Further cost includes flea and possibly tick treatment before retuning each time to the UK, booster vaccinations (every 3 years) and carrier costs (ferries, planes and trains). For travelling outside of the EU and non-EU listed countries, blood tests for rabies is required and possibly numerous other conditions.