Travelling with your pet can be a wonderful experience. Working in a similar way to our own passports, a Pet Passport allows registered dogs, cats and ferrets to travel abroad.
We understand that organising travel with pets can seem overwhelming at first, which is why we’ve put together this short guide to help answer some of the most common questions.
A Pet Passport will give your pet freedom to travel through the EU and selected non-EU countries.
There are some countries outside the EU that are slightly more complicated and your pet may be subject to further regulatory procedures to allow them to travel. Be sure to check all the requirements for the country you are travelling to ahead of time.
Find a full list of countries where your pet can and cannot travel singularly with a pet passport here.
Pet passports are issued through the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).
To be able to issue Pet Passports, vets require special training. Many of our vets are Official Vets (OVs) which means they will be able to issue your pet with a passport.
Click here to find your local practice to see if they can issue Pet Passports.
There is some paperwork you will need to bring to your Pet Passport appointment (if you are already a client of ours, we will have all the required details on our computer system).
Please give your local practice a call to find out what you should bring with you.
Pet Passports are valid for life as long as you keep up to date with your pet’s rabies vaccination.
Typically, a rabies booster vaccination is required every 2-3 years but will depend on the specific vaccine used.
If your pet is sick on the day you are due to travel, the chances are that it will not be able to travel as planned. Outside of putting your pet in further discomfort and danger, your travel company, as well as border control, may not permit entry of a sick animal.
Check that the vet has filled in the following sections in the pet passport: