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Taking your pet abroad

Taking your pet abroad can be very exciting and it is now easier than ever to take your beloved pet abroad with you. There have been recent changes to the PETS passport process so that from 1st of January 2012 a rabies blood sample is no longer required. However a rabies vaccination is still required and a passport can be issued 21 days after the vaccination. Once you have a passport then you can come and go freely as long as your rabies vaccination is still valid and that a tapeworm treatment has been administered by a vet 24 – 120 hours before its scheduled arrival time in the UK (dogs only). For more information, please go to the DEFRA website. However, importantly, this does not protect your pet from some rather unpleasant diseases that they may contract whilst abroad so we strongly recommend discussing your travel requirements with one of our vets before travelling as certain diseases can be easily prevented.

For many non-EU countries (e.g. South Africa, Australia, New-Zealand etc.) you cannot use a PETS passport and an Export Health certificate (EHC) is required. Please contact DEFRA for the full details of your requirements. The Import and Export Centre is available on 0118 959 6695. Sometimes additional blood and faecal tests may be required. For travel to these countries we recommend you discuss the requirements thoroughly with one of our vets. Sometimes it may be necessary to use a pet travel agency in certain circumstances.

As well as the requirements listed above, please also check with your travel company as they may want a fitness to travel certificate. These are normally completed 1-3 days before the journey.

We have two government registered OV vets, who will be pleased to discuss your travel arrangements with you. Remember to give sufficient time to make sure that everything is organised in time.

Please remember that the responsibility for ensuring that the correct requirements have been met lies with the client.

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