The practice has five vets with local veterinary inspector training to allow us to export pets on the PETS travel scheme. If you are interested in taking your pet abroad please phone us for details of the scheme.
For you to be able to take your pet abroad and bring it back into the UK it will have to comply with the Pet Travel Scheme. This consists of three parts: Microchipping, vaccinating and issuing the passport .
A microchip is a permanent method of identification. A small microchip is put under the skin between the shoulder blades of the animal and remains there for life. The microchip is read with a handheld scanner, which reads the barcode in the chip. Each microchip has a unique number allowing identification of individual animals. For travel abroad each animal has to be microchipped before it can have its Rabies vaccine. At the present time the charge for microchipping is £18.00 (when performed for a passport).
Vaccination and issue of Passport:
Animals have to be at least three months old before they can have their vaccination. At present the vaccination will cost £40.64. The vaccination must be given at least 21 days before travel. The passport can be issued once the animal is vaccinated. This currently costs £79.91
The passport will have to be revalidated at each booster vaccination (every three years). If the booster vaccination is given before the passport runs out the animal can travel immediately. If the animal goes over the date of expiry of the passport even by one day they will have to wait 21 days before travel. At present booster vaccination and revalidation of the passport costs £40.64
EU countries and territories:
Austria Azores Balearic Islands Belgium Bulgaria Canary Islands Ceuta Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Faroe Islands
Finland France French Guiana Germany Gibraltar Greece Greenland Guadeloupe Hungary Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Madeira Malta Martinique Melilla Netherlands Poland Portugal Reunion Romania Slovakia Slovenia
Non EU countries and territories:
Andorra Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Aruba Ascension Island Australia Bahrain Barbados Belarus Bermuda Bosnia-Herzegovina British Virgin Is. Canada Cayman Islands Chile Croatia Falkland Islands Fiji French Polynesia Grenadines Guam
Hawaii Hong Kong Iceland Japan Liechtenstein Malaysia Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Monaco Montserrat Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Norway Russian Federation St Helena St Kitts & Nevis
St Pierre & Miquelon St Vincent San Marino
Singapore Switzerland Taiwan Trinidad & Tobago United Arab Emirates USA (mainland) Vanuatu Vatican Wallis & Futuna
For travel to EU countries (except Sweden) the passport should be all that is necessary. For travel to Non-EU countries extra certificates will be necessary. The animal will need to be examined a few days before travel and the export health certificate issued. For some countries extra tests are required so you should obtain details well in advance. At present issuing an export health certificate costs £48.48
Ports of entry into the UK:
Animals will only be allowed to enter the country through designated ports. You will need to check with your travel agent that you will be entering the UK through one of these designated ports and with a licensed carrier.
Return to the UK:
Dogs have to be treated for tapeworms before returning to the UK. The tapeworm treatment will have to be done by a veterinary surgeon within 24 – 120 hours (one-five days) of return to the UK This will have to be signed for by them in the passport. Queries can be answered by a member of staff or the PETS helpline on 0870 241 1710.
Disease risks overseas:
It is worth remembering that tick borne diseases and other exotic conditions are present in Europe and elsewhere, which we do not see in the UK. You should be applying flea and tick control whilst the animal is abroad. You may also require fly repellents. If you are travelling to southern Europe or the tropics Leishmaniasis is a risk. There is now a vaccine available for this. Please ask the vet if you would like further information.