Pet Travel Scheme Passport


The government has recently updated it’s advice on travelling with pets in 2019, in the event of a “no deal Brexit”

Owners will still be able to travel to and from the EU no matter what the outcome of Brexit negotiations. However, additional steps may be needed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This may include the need for a blood test to show the animal is fully covered against rabies. Such a blood test would need to be taken at least 30 days after vaccination, and at least 3 months prior to travel

Anyone planning on travelling to/from the EU on or after March 30th 2019 is advised to contact their vet at least 4 months prior to the date of travel to check what may be needed.

Please telephone the practice if you have any questions regarding the pet passport scheme

Further information and guidance can be found on the government website here



We are pleased to offer PET’S (Pet Travel Scheme) Passports under the guidance of DEFRA. Pet owners must ensure they meet the pet travel requirements when taking their pets abroad.

Under the current scheme pets no longer require a blood test. Passports are valid for travel 21 days after issue. Your pet must be micro-chipped before a passport can be issued. Passports are valid for life (depending on what the BREXIT requirements are) so long as their rabies vaccinations are kept up to date. Check with our clinical team because this can change from year to year depending on the licence of the vaccine. Most vaccinations in the UK last for 3 years. Please check the requirements of entry for each country visited and ensure you have made provision for pre-flight health checks, veterinary administered wormers etc if they are a requirement.


Before you travel

Please ensure you are up to date with disease risks for the area you are visiting/moving too. Animals from the UK have little resistance to many European diseases. Remember your pet is only protected against Rabies and some parasites under the “Pet Passport” scheme. You must protect your pets from Sand flies and ticks with gold standard products that repel as well as kill ticks. Some diseases are devastating to pets such as Babesiosis, Leishmaniasis

Please make an email enquiry for export certificates after researching the exact requirements and ensuring you have an idea of the time scale needed.

For current information on risk levels for your destination, check this government run website. It is essential that you check the latest information prior to travel as it does change regularly

If you are exporting companion animals to other countries contact DEFRA to ensure you can fulfil the requirements