Everyone loves holidays, now you can enjoy them with your pets. The Pet Passport has opened up the world to our four legged friends. Take your pet to Paris for lunch, New York for shopping, or let them be ‘beach bums’ in Barbados!
Changes that came into effect on 1st January 2012 means that with just one visit to us you can enjoy your holiday with your best 4-legged friend.
EU Countries and listed-non EU Countries
Each animal will require a Microchip and will still need to be vaccinated against rabies. However, pets from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia will no longer need a blood test before the Passport is issued and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel.
This is vastly different from the original rules but these still apply for non-listed Countries. The rules for these countries are shown below:
Each animal will require a Microchip, rabies vaccination and a blood test before a passport can be issued. It takes approximately 6 weeks to get a passport issued if the initial blood test is passed. Once the passport has been issued your pet can start planning their holiday. The only other restriction is that the animal will not be able to return to this country before 3 months has lapsed from the date of the satisfactory blood test. Once this date has passed and providing you keep your pets’ rabies vaccination up to date they can travel in and out of the country as often as you wish.
Contact DEFRA helpline on 08459 33 55 77 or visit their website www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets for more information on Pets Passports.
DEFRA will be able to tell you which countries are currently participating in the scheme. They will also be able to tell you whether any additional paperwork or blood tests are required by the country you wish to visit with your pet.
Remember if you travel abroad with your pet without meeting all the requirements of the pet travel scheme, your pet may have to go into quarantine on its return for up to 6 months.