Essential Documentation for Traveling with Pets

Before you pack, ensure you have all the essential documentation in place. Different destinations and modes of transport can have varied requirements, so it's crucial to be prepared. Our guide below outlines the key documents you'll need to make your trip with your furry friend smooth and hassle-free.

Direction Requirements
United Kingdom to the European Union
  1. A microchip
  2. A Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate
  3. Has been vaccinated against rabies
European Union to the United Kingdom
  1. A microchip
  2. A Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate
  3. Has been vaccinated against rabies
  4. A tapeworm treatment administered 1-5 days before travel
Within European Union
  1. A microchip
  2. A Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate
  3. Has been vaccinated against rabies
  4. A tapeworm treatment administered 1-5 days if traveling to Finland, Ireland, Malta, Norway or Northern Ireland

Microchip for Pet Travel

A microchip is mandatory for pet identification during travel and must be in place on or before the rabies vaccine is administered.

For the documentation to be accepted the written microchip number must exactly match the pet's microchip number.

Any tattoo is acceptable if done at the latest on the 3rd July 2011 to be recognized for pet travel.


Pet Passport & Animal Health Certification Post-Brexit

Following Brexit, the UK's new status affects the validity of EU Pet Passports and introduces the need for an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) for travel to the EU.

Existing EU Pet Passports issued in Great Britain prior to 2021 are still valid for UK entry, contingent on up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

As of 2021, vets in the UK or EU cannot update the Rabies Section in a GB pet passport; an AHC is required.

For pets being prepared in the EU, obtain an EU Pet Passport from within the union.

For preparation in non-EU countries, secure an Official Third Country Veterinary Health Certificate.


Rabies Vaccination Protocols for Pet Travel

Pets must be vaccinated against rabies at 12 weeks or older, with no exceptions to the rule.

All vaccine details must be accurately documented in the AHC or EU Pet Passport by a certified vet.

EU travel must occur within the validity period of the current rabies vaccination.

Vets must record the microchip implantation or reading date on par with the rabies vaccination date in the pet’s travel documents.


Tapeworm Treatment for Dogs Entering the UK

Essential Tapeworm Treatment Guidelines

Dogs must undergo tapeworm treatment before UK entry, with strict timing for the treatment recorded by a vet.

Guidance for Short Overseas Trips with Dogs

For brief exits from the UK, ensure your dog is treated for tapeworm and adheres to the re-entry timeline.

Vet-Administered Tapeworm Treatment Standards

  • The treatment must be vet-administered and contain Praziquantel to target Echinococcus tapeworm.