The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets to enter the UK from recognised countries without quarantine - as long as they meet certain rules. It also allows pet owners in the UK to travel with their dogs, cats and ferrets to other recognised countries, and return to the UK without the need for their pets to go into quarantine.
Full details are available on the DEFRA website.
Have your pet microchipped.
Have your pet vaccinated against Rabies at least 22 days prior to travel.
Obtain a PET passport. For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU passport. If you are preparing an animal in a non-EU listed country or territory, you will need to obtain an official third country certificate and fill in a declaration confirming that you are not going to sell or transfer the ownership of your pet.
Before your pet enters the UK, they must be treated against tapeworm by a vet. The treatment must be administered by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours before entry into the UK. Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country or territory travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route. There may be additional requirements for pets travelling in and out of some EU and non-EU countries, and on the number of pets that can travel.
Please ensure you check all up-to-date rules with DEFRA before travel. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure they are fully compliant.
The Pet Travel Scheme is designed to keep Rabies and other diseases out of the UK. However, there may be other external parasites that your pet may be at risk from when travelling such a sticks, mosquitoes and sand flies, which can transit diseases such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichosis, Heartworm and Leishmaniosis. It is vital that you speak to your vet before travelling to identify the potential risks and devise an effective parasite protection plan specifically for your pet.