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The Blue Cross guide to new pet travel lawsPosted on 01 Jan 2012
Are you thinking about heading overseas with your pets in tow? Defra recently made important changes to their pet travel laws which mean it's now easier and cheaper for you to do so.
We explain the changes here to give you a better understanding of how they will affect you. The Defra website also has plenty of information on the new laws.
The changes affect people entering or returning to the UK with their pet dogs, cats or ferrets.
Pet dogs, cats or ferrets entering or returning to the UK from an EU or listed country must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Twenty-one days after vaccination, your pet will be allowed to enter the UK.
Previously, pets had to undergo a blood test and then wait six months before entering the UK – these rules no longer apply.
Pet dogs, cats or ferrets entering from a non-listed country (for example Brazil or India) no longer have to undergo a six-month quarantine process.
Under the new laws, pets entering from these countries must be vaccinated against rabies. Thirty days after vaccination your pet must pass a blood test, and three months after this they will be allowed to enter the UK.
Pets entering from any country must have a valid pet passport or official travel documents issued by a vet.
If you are bringing your dog into the country, they must be treated for tapeworm by a vet 1–5 days before arriving in the UK. This rule applies regardless of which countries you have visited.
While there is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment, we strongly urge you take precautions to prevent your dog from picking up this parasite as it can carry some very nasty diseases. Your vet can advise you of the best treatment for your pet.
Remember, these laws apply when you are entering or returning to the UK. It’s important to research each country you will be visiting to find out about their pet travel laws.
Want more information? We’ve found a handy Defra leaflet which explains pet travel laws in more detail.