Travelling with Dogs and Cats from the UK
Pet Travel scheme law valid from January of 2012 onwards
If you are travelling with your dog or cat from the UK to Europe all you need to have is the dog and cat micro-chipped have a valid rabies shot and the pet’s passport.
The implantation date of the pet’s microchip has to be on the same date or before the date of the rabies shot. If the Chip’s date is after the date of the rabies shot, by law it is invalid and have to be repeated in the right order.
If this is the first rabies vaccination for your pet, 21 days have to pass before you can cross the border. If your pet had a rabies shot before, but it expired, you have to have the vaccination done again and wait 21 days to be valid again.
If your pet already has the rabies shot and is valid when you leave the UK, but will expire by the time you want to re-enter the UK, you have to have it done before the expiration date in order to be continuously valid or else if you let it lapse just one day, you have to wait 21 days to be valid again. Your pets won’t be allowed back into the UK without a valid rabies vaccination.
Coming back with your pets into the UK you need to have the above plus the worm treatment. Cats don’t need the worm treatment.
As simple as it is to give the dog a tablet or two, this one has to be done by a licensed Vet. The Veterinarian have to enter the date, the hour and the minute of administration into the pet’s passport, stamp it and sign it. (very important -The Date, the Hour, the Minute, or else your pet won’t be allowed into the UK)
You have to wait 24 hours for the treatment to take effect before re-entry into the UK, but you have to re enter within 120 hours or else the whole thing have to be repeated again. If the above isn’t done right your pets will be turned back at the border before you board the ferry or train.
Beside the EU laws on pet travel, every country can have it’s owns requirements for dogs and cats and other pets.
You can take your pets with the ferry or with the train trough the tunnel. The ferry companies charge £15-£35 per pet and the train charge £25 per pet. You have to include how many pets you are taking when making the ticket reservation.
When you get to the ticket booth before you board the ferry or train, you have to give them the pet’s passport and scan the chip in with the scanner they hand you and if all is right you will get your boarding pass. You will also get a green sheet you have to stick to the windshield. This one is to alert personal on the ferry, there are pets in the vehicle.
Also gonna get a white sheet of paper with the passport and pet data on it, that proves you had the inspection done before boarding in case on the English side they decide to stop you and check your car and papers.
If you are travelling with dogs or cats from a non EU country to Europe, at the bottom of the post there is a link to read more about what you have to do.
While there are no borders in most of Europe and nobody checks the cars for foreign pets on the continent, it is a good idea to look up the country specific requirements.
The reason is, a country might have some disease the other country don’t. Like in the UK there is no rabies. In another country rabies might be a wide spread problem.
Getting a tick and flea treatment for your dog or cat might be a good idea, because in a warmer climate area there might be more of them in the grass and in the bushes that can attach to your pet.
All European countries require you to collect what your dog leaves behind. Have a few plastic baggies in your pocket just in case. Cheaper then paying the fine.
If you need to find a veterinarian just use your GPS’s POI section. Set it to alert you of veterinarian offices in a given radius. Say 800 meters. That way, if you drive around a little, you are sure to find one in no time at all.
There is more about travelling in the EU with dogs, cats and ferrets. http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/qanda_en.htm
Gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and some other small animals are exempt from the Pet Travel Scheme requirements in the European Union. Bag them and take them.