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Here is step-by-step guide of what you need to do to allow your pet to travel:

Step 1 - Have your pet microchipped

This is a requirement so pets can be properly identified. Speak to your vet to find out if your pet has been microchipped if you are unsure. From 16th April 2016, all dogs in the UK must be microchipped by law.

Step 2 - Have your pet vaccinnated

After microchipping your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries to the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date.

Step 3 - Get pet travel documentation

Your vet will issue a pet passport - The pet passports stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements.

Step 4 - Tapeworm Treatment (dogs only)

Before entering the UK all 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 arrival in the UK.

Step 5 - Arrange approved transport company on authorised route

An approved transport company and authorised route must be used.

Current Costs (last updated July 2015):

  • Microchip: £20 or £12 if done with another procedure
  • Rabies Vaccination: £54
  • Pet Passport Issue: £65

For further information on travelling with your pet, go to the government website: or call the PETS helpline 0870 241 1710.