What you need to do to take your pet abroad and how to obtain a pet passport.
In order to take your dog, cat or ferret abroad and be able to bring them back to the UK without the need of quarantine, you need to have a 'pet passport' issued under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). Read about travelling with other kinds of animals, including horses.
Most EU countries and many outside the EU have joined PETS. The scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
This Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is administered by official vets on behalf of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
To be eligible, your pet must:
Cats and dogs must also:
You must also ensure your pet:
Contact your local veterinary practice who will hold copies of pet passports, micro-chips and rabies vaccines and will be familiar with getting you started on the scheme.
Read more pet travel advice on the GOV.UK website.
This includes guidance on:
Report a concern about the import of pet animals