Pet compliance checklist

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 Reception Building on the Calais Terminal your pet will not be allowed to travel.

Important information

Will Brexit affect my Pet Passport? 
As market leader for pet travel, we know thousands of our customers will be thinking about when, how, if Brexit will affect the Pet Passport Travel Scheme.
Here at Eurotunnel Le Shuttle we are in regular discussions with DEFRA to ensure that any changes to the Scheme are made known as early as possible and are then clearly communicated to you.

As we get the information, we will be posting updates to the Scheme here.  

Your pet dog must have had mandatory tapeworm treatment administered by a vet between 24–120 hours before arrival in UK. Please note if the tapeworm treatment is not administered in time or correctly documented by a vet, it will result in your pet being refused travel.

Tapeworm treatment must:

  • Be administrated by a vet
  • Must contain Praziquantel to be effective against Echinococcus tapeworm

The following products : Stronghold, Advocate, Frontline or Frontline Combo, Nexgard or Nexgard Spectra will not be accepted and will result in the animal being refused travel.

Fare Finder

Fare Finder
Fare Finder

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 you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland 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 at time of vaccination) must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement.

The vaccine name and manufacturer as well as vaccination and expiry dates must be recorded in the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate by a registered vet (signature and stamp is required).

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.

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.

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.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the DEFRA website. For full details on pet travel rules click here.