Pet Travel Scheme Overview

 

The Pet Travel Scheme has been set up to allow cats and dogs to enter the UK from approved countries without going into quarantine.  Here's an overview, but don't forget to have a look at our paperwork tips and FAQS.

 

Updates as of 29th December 2014:

 

 

The first major change is that in order to be considered as a pet, animals must arrive within (+/-) 5 days of the owner's arrival into the country, and the pet must be registered to the owner. At the moment there is no requirement to provide evidence of your arrival in relation to your pet's arrival, but this might change. You should consider this when arranging your move to the UK with your pet because if the arrivals do not coincide within the given period there will be extra charges in addition to the Pet Travel Scheme fees. At worst this would be a fee from APHA (Defra) for checking a "commercial" pet and in some cases quarantine may apply (if there are paperwork issues and the timing overruns). So please please please take care with this requirement.

There is also a change in paperwork. All pet passports issued prior to the change WILL remain valid for the pet's lifetime as long as they are completed properly, however there will be a new pet passport issued to pets in the UK when they sign up with their vet from December 29th. This includes a few changes to avoid counterfeiting and fraud, such as laminated pages and a space for the owner to sign.

In order to do comply with the Pet Travel Scheme, pets must meet the following conditions, in this specific order:

For pets coming into the UK from the EU or an approved non-EU country click here for a list:

 

1) Pets must be microchipped- Always check that your pet's microchip works whenever you go to the vet!.

2) Pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip and hold a current rabies vaccination. Pets must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination.

3) 21 days must have passed after the rabies vaccination.

4) Pets must travel with an EU Pet Passport or an Official Health Certificate.  If you are getting a 3rd country certificate completed, then it must be endorsed by the necessary authority (this is not the same vet that completes the paperwork).

5) Pets must travel on an approved route with an approved airline.

- This means that there is no longer the requirement for a blood test or for 6 months to pass after the blood test before the pet enters the UK.

6) Dogs only:  Must be treated for tapeworms between 24 and 120 hours prior to arrival in the UK.  The treatment must be with a licenced product containing praziquantel.

PLEASE NOTE: Pets must travel with supporting documentation- this means:

Proof of microchipping: certificate of registration/ patient notes/ letter from vet.

Proof of rabies vaccination: Vaccination card/ Rabies vaccination certificate - these MUST have the microchip number on or there will be delays.

For pets coming into the UK from an unlisted country:

 

1) Pets must be microchipped.

2) Pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip and hold a current rabies vaccination. They MUST be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination.

3) 30 days must have passed after the rabies vaccination.

4) Pets then need to have a blood test- this must be sent to an approved lab, and the result should have an antibody titre of higher than 0.5 IU/ml.

5) 3 months must then pass before the pet can enter the EU

6) Pets must travel with an EU Pet Passport or an Official Health Certificate. If you are getting a 3rd country certificate completed, then it must be endorsed by the necessary authority (this is not the same vet that completes the paperwork).

7) Pets must travel on an approved route with an approved airline.

8) Dogs only: Must be treated for tapeworms between 24 and 120 hours prior to arrival in the UK. The treatment must be with a licenced product containing praziquantel.

PLEASE NOTE: Pets must travel with supporting documentation- this means:

Proof of microchipping: certificate of registration/ patient notes/ letter from vet.

Proof of rabies vaccination: Vaccination card/ Rabies vaccination certificate - these MUST have the microchip number on or there will be delays.

Blood test result: Official test result certificate from the approved lab.

Whichever country your pet comes in from it must travel as manifested cargo and clear customs.  In order for us to clear the pet through customs we will need a customs C5 form completed- one is available on the right to download, along with a map to the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow; where pets can be collected from on the day of arrival.

Your pet will need to travel on the appropriate certificate- please see our new item here.

We are happy to offer advice to take the stress out of your pet’s trip, so if you have any questions please give us a ring or email us- enq@jcslivestock.com or 01753 682244- if we can solve problems before the day of departure, we can avoid any issues on the day of arrival.

For further information regarding preparation, approved countries, carriers and routes, please see the DEFRA website, along with our General Pet Travel Advice and Pet Travel Scheme FAQs.

 

VERY IMPORTANT!!!- If you have a valid pet passport, please check that there is a 30 day wait between the rabies vaccination and the blood test if you are planning to travel to a non-listed third country with your pet. If not, you'll have to have another blood test. IF IN DOUBT, ASK!

 

Resources:

Changes to the scheme compared to previously

Animal Health (DEFRA) pages

Tapeworm treatment info

Approved airlines list

 IMPORTANT NOTE 

The above information is based on our opinion only, and as such is advice on the Pet Travel Scheme requirements and not official guidance.  To this end we are not liable for any errors.  We have been advised by the authorities that we cannot give such guidance, and that it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met in order for their pet to enter the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme. 

PLEASE NOTE- IT IS THE OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ABOVE PROCEDURES ARE MET  

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