Preparing your dog, cat or ferret if you are entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries
- Your pet needs to be microchipped - or the existing microchip checked. Before any other procedures are carried out, your pet must be able to be properly identified.
- Have your pet vaccinated - your pet must be vaccinated against Rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date.
- There is a 21-day waiting period after vaccination before entry into the UK is allowed. If the vaccination is two parts, the 21-day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.
- Get pet travel documentation - for animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU Pet Passport.
- Tapeworm treatment - all dogs must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick reatment. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway. The vet MUST fill out this information on your passport.
- Travel arrangements - Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country or territory, travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
This information is checked before you leave by the Port Officials, and can be checked on arrival in the UK.
Please contact the surgery or DEFRA for further advice if you are entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries.