PET Compliance Checklist

For travelling with your pet

All pet dogs, cats and ferrets (including guide and hearing dogs) can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from. Please remember you are responsible for ensuring this is the case for your cat, dog or ferret prior to travel.

As the market leader for pet travel we have compiled a list of the DEFRA procedures for you to follow to ensure your pet complies with the current PET Travel Scheme.

PET Travel Scheme rule changed on the 29th December 2014
Some changes to the PET Travel Scheme rules came into effect on 29th December 2014. You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all of the rules for entering the UK under the PET Travel Scheme.
You must also make sure that your pet is fully compliant with the rules of the EU PET Travel Scheme before it leaves the UK. Further details can be found at the DEFRA website .

We strongly advise you to read these carefully, if any of the details are incorrect or missing when you check-in to our Pet Control Building on the Calais Terminal your pet will not be allowed to travel.

Your PET Travel Scheme Checklist

PET Travel Scheme Checklist

For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory who also issue you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Andorra, Azores and Madeira, Canary Islands, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greenland and Faroe Islands, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Monaco, Norway, San Marino,Reunion, Switzerland and Vatican City who also issue pet passports).

DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation


In order to identify your pet (dog, cat or ferret) it must be fitted with a microchip, before initial rabies vaccination is carried out.

The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.

A tattoo from any country in the world is acceptable providing it has been done at the latest on the 3 July 2011

Rabies vaccination

Your pet (who must be at least 12 weeks old) must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement.

Your vet must include a detailed vaccination record in your pet's passport. Full details can be found here.

There is no exemption to this requirement. If you are travelling from EU and listed non-EU countries, the length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.

Travel to the UK must take place within the current vaccination validity.

Blood test

Blood test is no longer required if you are entering the UK from EU and listed non-EU countries .

If entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries a blood sample must be taken at least 30 days after rabies vaccination and the length of waiting period before entry to the UK is three calendar months from the date your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result.

Tick treatment (Continent to UK only)

No longer required.

Tapeworm treatment (Dogs only)

Your dog must be treated against tapeworm before travelling to the UK.

Treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours (1 day) and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before the dog's scheduled arrival time in the UK. Treatment date and time must be recorded by the vet on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the DEFRA website .

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