PET PASSPORT Guidelines 

For many of us the thought of leaving our beloved pets at home or placing them in boarding kennels whilst we go on holiday is just too much.  Taking your pet with you to Europe is extremely straight forward with the EU PET PASSPORT.  
If you do decide to travel with your pet, these are the things you need to know.

Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another 'listed' country)

When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules you must follow depend on the country you're going to or coming from. When travelling to or returning to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country your pet needs:

  • Microchip
    Your pet must be micro-chipped before it's vaccinated against rabies.
  • Rabies vaccination
    You must get your dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies before it can travel to another EU country or back into the UK.
  • Pet passport and other documents 
    Your dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport to enter (or re-enter) the UK.
    One of our OV veterinary surgeons will issue you with a pet passport.
    The passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements.
  • EU and listed countries
    You must wait 21 days after the vaccination before your pet can travel to or return to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country.
    After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time and you continue to meet the other entry requirements.
  • Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)
    A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in the pet passport every time you want to enter the UK.  The treatment must have praziquantel or equivalent as its active ingredient.


The treatment must be given between 1 and 5 days (24 to 120 hours) before you're scheduled to arrive in the UK.

A vet must record the following details in your dog's pet passport or certificate:

  • the name and manufacturer of the product used to treat your dog
  • the date and time they treated your dog
  • their stamp and signature

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