Taking your pet on their holidays?

We often get asked here at the vets what does my pet require in order to travel abroad. So we thought we would write a little checklist to ensure that you have everything you need to take your moggy or doggy on their holidays! Please note that the regulations do frequently change and we will try to keep this as up to date as possible but to be sure please check this website for recent updates https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview or call their hotline 08702411710.


You need to ensure that these steps have been carried out at least a month before you travel.

  1. Your pet must have a permanent microchip implanted, in which the details are accurate and up to date. If you are unsure if your pet is micro-chipped or you just want to make sure that it’s scanning then please pop in to the practice for a quick free check.
  2. They must be vaccinated against rabies using an approved vaccine at least 21 days before they travel. This needs to be done after microchipping (but not before it is three months old).
  3. The pet must have a PETS passport signed by an official veterinary surgeon, confirming that the above conditions have been met. Not all our vets can issue a pet passport so please make sure that when you book your appointment in that you say it is for a pet passport.
  4. Some destinations that are not listed as qualifying under the PETS scheme (for a list of countries that are not qualified click here https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/listed-and-unlisted-countries) need additional export certification or a blood sample taken before they have the rabies vaccination.


Hope this has helped clear things up, as it can be a bit of a minefield! If you have any more questions please contact us on 01630 652935. Hope you have a lovely holiday.