The Pet Travel Scheme allows dogs and cats to travel abroad to countries which are also members of the scheme and return to the UK without having to undergo 6 months quarantine. All EU and several other countries are members. During this time of uncertainty due to Brexit we recommend you check current advise from the government found here
The practice is experienced in dealing with PETS applications. Animals must first be microchipped to allow their identification. They then receive a vaccination against rabies which protects them for three years. A pet passport can then be issued. Animals can leave the UK three weeks after their rabies vaccination. They can then return to the UK without the need for quarantine as long as their rabies vaccination is kept up to date. At least 24hrs but no more than 5 days before their return to the UK animals must be taken to a vet in the country of departure so that tapeworm treatment can be administered and certified.
In some cases, for example where an animal is travelling by air, the company require the animal to be examined by a vet within 48 hrs of leaving the UK to ensure that they are healthy enough to travel. We can arrange this at a convenient time for you and provide the necessary documentation.
It is also possible to arrange the export of animals to countries that are not included in the pet travel scheme, for instance where owners are emigrating rather than just holiday travel. These countries all have their own individual requirements for pre-movement testing and treatment of the animal, so have to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Quarantine would normally apply on return from such countries.
For more information on the Pet Travel Scheme or travel to non-EU, non-PETS countries please visit the UK government APHA PETS website.
For information on the costs involved, please contact us.