When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret they must have a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate to enter (or re-enter) the UK. The passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements.
Please visit the GOV.UK site for the latest information on pet passports.
If you are planning to travel please talk to our friendly team at Knotts Yard Veterinary Practice who will book you in to see one of our vets.
When you come to get the pet passport please bring your pet with you, along with its identity and vaccination record and, if applicable, the blood test result. Your pet will only need a blood test if you are taking it to an unlisted third country and bringing it back to the UK or other EU Member State later. In that case, the blood sample must be taken at least 30 days after your pet was vaccinated.
Before you take your pet out of the UK, make sure that the vet has completed sections I-IV of the pet passport, and section V if it has needed a blood test.
The passport is valid for entry (or re-entry) to the UK 21 days after your pet was vaccinated against rabies. If 21 days has already passed and your pets vaccinations have been kept up to date, then you can use the passport immediately to travel or return to the UK. The passport will remain valid provided your pet is re-vaccinated by the “valid until” date in section IV. When the passport is full, you should apply to your vet for a new one.
The new pet travel third country certificate became available from 1 January 2012 for the non-commercial movement of up to 5 pets from all third countries into all EU Member States, including the UK. This can be issued by official veterinarians in all third countries.
There is new certification for three groups of dogs, cats and ferrets entering the EU from third countries:
If your pet is due a rabies revaccination when it is in the EU and before the certificate expires, the certificate cannot be renewed and will have to be exchanged for an EU pet passport.
If the certificate expires while you are in the EU, and you wish to continue travelling in the EU with your pet, you will need to exchange it for an EU pet passport. In addition to the certificate, you will need to provide the vet with your pet’s identity and vaccination record and blood test result (if needed).
Please contact us for more details or to make an appointment to ensure your pet is ready to travel when you are.