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 pet micro-chipped, have a valid rabies vaccination and the pet passport.
The implantation date of the microchip has to be on the same date or before the date of the rabies vaccination.
If the Chip’s implantation date is after the rabies vaccination, that invalidates the rabies vaccination and have to be repeated.
If this is the first rabies vaccination for your pet, 21 days have to pass before you can cross into Europe. If your pet had a rabies shot before, but expired, you have to wait 21 days again to be valid.
If your pet already has the rabies vaccination 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 continuous or else if you let it lapse just one day, your pet won’t be allowed back into the UK without a valid rabies vaccination.
Coming back with pets into the UK
you need to have the above plus the worm treatment for your dog only. 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 and must be on the Roman Number VII page in the dog’s passport), or else your pet won’t be allowed into the UK.
You have to wait 24 hours before re-entry into the UK, but you have to re enter within 120 hours including the 24 hours waiting period or else the whole thing have to be repeated again.
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 around £15-20 pounds per pet and the train charge £19 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, you have to give them the pet’s passport and scan the chip 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 travel with Eurotunnel, first you have to go to the Pet Reception building to register your pet and after that you can go to the gates.
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. No papers needed at all. Bag them and take them.
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