Step 1 – Have your pet microchipped – Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.
Step 2 – Have your pet vaccinated – After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. The length of the waiting period from vaccination to travel will depend on the destination, which we will advise depending on your travel plans.
Step 3 – Travel documentation – For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should ask your vet for an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory, including the UK, you will need to obtain an official veterinary export health certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).
Step 4 – Tapeworm treatment – (dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time.
Step 5 – Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route – Your pet must leave and enter the UK with an approved transport company on an authorised route.