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Pet Travel Procedure Checklist

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If you are planning on going away there are a number of options for your cat or dog. If you will be taking your pet abroad under the Government's Pet Travel Scheme, there is a checklist you will need to adhere to. Please see the Travel Procedure Checklist below for information, or visit www.defra.gov.uk for further information on the Pet Travel Scheme.

If you are not planning on taking your pet with you there are a number of options open to you. There are many boarding kennels and catteries to choose from, as well as pet sitters who can come round to your house every day to feed and exercise your pet. Please see the Boarding or Pet Sitters section below.

To ensure your pet can travel under the Government's Pet Travel Scheme and not have to go into quarantine on return to the UK, there are certain conditions that must be met. For this policy to be valid you must comply with all the conditions set down by the Government as detailed below, and any requirements of the country (or countries) you are visiting or travelling through.

In the following order your pet must be:

  • Resident in the UK, or a Qualifying Country.
  • Fitted with a permanent number microchip (ask your vet for details).
  • Vaccinated against rabies using an inactivated vaccine and have regular booster vaccinations (ask your vet for details).
  • Blood tested at a MAFF-recognised laboratory. This must take place at least six months prior to entry to the UK for pets not resident in the British Isles. (Your vet can arrange this for you.)
  • Issued with an official health certificate, completed and signed by a government-authorised vet recording the details of your pet, its microchip, its vaccination and its blood test.
  • Treated against certain parasites and ticks. This must be carried out between 24 and 48 hours before you embark for the UK. Any government-recognised vet in any of the qualifying countries can give this treatment.

When your pet enters the UK you will need three certificates:

  • An official Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) Certificate showing that your pet has been vaccinated and blood tested.
  • A veterinary certificate showing that your pet has been treated against certain parasites and ticks.
  • A declaration that your pet has not been outside a qualifying country. (You will be able to get the required form to complete from the transport company carrying your vet to the UK or from MAFF.)

NB. Your pet may need a separate certificate to show that it meets the health requirements of the country (or countries) that you are visiting or travelling through. These requirements may be different from those of the Pet Travel Scheme. In the case of UK pet owners going abroad, they should contact their local Ministry of Agriculture of Animal Health Office for advice.

For full details of the Pet Travel Scheme please contact DEFRA on 08702 411710 or visit www.defra.gov.uk.

There are pet-friendly hotels, cottages and self-catering apartments both in the UK and abroad, where your cat or dog would be welcome. It is best to make enquiries before booking your holiday if you are planning on taking your pet with you to ensure the facilities will suit your pet.