Travelling with your pet

Deciding whether to take you pet abroad can be a big decision, there are many things to consider:

- Risk of exotic diseases and parasites

- Stress of travelling

- Extreme climate changes you pet won't be used to

- Necessity for veterinary examinations and treatments before return to UK

- Costs

Please remember that you are responsible for ensuring your pet meets the rules for re-entering the UK so always check before you travel.

The Pet Travel Scheme was last updated on 14th November 2014. 

The pet travel scheme allows people to take their dog, cat or ferret in and out of the UK without quarantine, as long as they meet the rules of the scheme.

The changes are in line with new European regulations and are designed to improve the security of the scheme and traceability of the pet passport, whilst also clamping down on abuse of the system.


You can enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you don’t follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.

Whilst not mandatory, it is also recommended that your pet has the following treatments to best protect them.

  • Tick treatment 24-48h before embarkation remains strongly advised

  • Leishmania vaccination (dogs only): while not a mandatory requirement this is a very important precaution to consider for this potentially fatal and difficult to treat disease. Vaccination can begin from 6 months of age and involves an initial course of 3 injections each 3 weeks apart followed with annual boosters. (more information at

You must follow extra rules if the animals will be:

There are different rules for entering other countries from the UK with your pet. Check the rules for the country you’re travelling to.

** Please note: These requirements are always subject to change so it is very important to keep up to date with the GOV.UK website