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If you are taking to the UK your dog, cat or ferret, your pet might qualify for PETS (Pet Travel Scheme). If this is the case you will be allowed to take your pet into the UK without going through the procedure called “quarantine”. The UK has set-up strict rules regarding taking pets into the country, in order to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases.

 
Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

PETS is the system that allows dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine. Your dog, cat and ferret must have been vaccinated against rabies and passed certain tests.

PETS only applies when travelling between the UK and EU countries and certain non-EU countries. Your pet must not have been outside any of these countries in the six months before entering the UK.

Your pet can enter the UK under PETS only through certain sea, air and rail routes.

For full details of the PETS scheme, please visit the website of the DEFRA  which is the agency in charge of PETS (look in the “Wildlife and Pets” section). On this website you will also be able to find the details of all routes and carriers that qualify for PETS.
 

Quarantine

If your pet does not qualify for PETS, it must spend 6 months in quarantine on arrival.

For full details of the PETS scheme, please visit the website of the DEFRA  which is the agency in charge of PETS (look in the “Wildlife and Pets” section).

 

Bringing Pets in the UK After 1st January 2012 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in June 2011 released a news which will surely be welcomed by those expatriates which are travelling with pets.
 
"The UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the European Union from 1 January 2012, bringing the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme into line with the most recent science".
 
"Forcing pets to spend six months in quarantine, a practice dating from the 1800s, is no longer necessary because of vastly improved rabies vaccines and treatments. All pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies. Pets from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel. Pets from unlisted non-EU countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa will be able to enter the UK if they meet certain strict criteria to ensure they are protected against rabies, including a blood test and a three-month wait  before they enter the UK."
 
DEFRA also published a leaflet "Bringing Pets in the UK After 1 January 2012", where expatriates can find useful information.
 
 
 
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This page was last updated on 05.07.2011
 
 
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