Pet Passport

The Pet Travel Scheme allows you to bring your Dog, Cat or Ferret in and out of the UK without spending time in quarantine by following certain proceedures.

The scheme has been put in place to make the transport of pets easier, while still protecting the UK from rabies and other diseases.

Not all countries are included in the scheme. A list of included countries can be found here.

The following steps need to be completed to take part in the Pet Passport scheme –

  • Have your pet microchipped – have your dog chipped and the chip registered.
  • Have your pet vaccinated – vaccination against rabies. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The waiting period before entry into the UK is 21 days after the vaccination date.
  • Travel documentation – Pet passport from a UK registered vetenarian
  • Tapeworm treatment – this must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before the scheduled arrival time in theUK.
  • Arrange animal to travel with approved transport company – pet must enter from a listed country and travel with an approved transport company.

There are certain carriers which can be used to transport your pet once you have registered on the scheme. These documents from DEFRA list the air and sea and rail transport options available.

If you are going to be traveling from Heathrow Airport with your pet, there is information on the Heathrow Airport Guide website which may be useful.