If you’re heading abroad with your canine companion this year, one of the things on your holiday checklist should be your dog’s pet passport. Here’s what you need to know:
What is a pet passport?
A pet passport is an official document that includes a record of all the treatments your pet has had. It allows animals to travel abroad to certain countries via Eurotunnel and ferries under the Pet Travel Scheme. Without it, your dog won’t be allowed to leave or re-enter the UK.
What information does it contain?
Your dog’s pet passport includes:
- Details of ownership
- Their description, including their unique microchip ID
- Details of your dog’s vaccinations, blood tests and any treatments
How do I get a pet passport?
Pet passports are available from most vets. In order to apply, you’ll need to take your dog’s vaccination and other medical records with you. If your vet doesn’t issue pet passports, they’ll be able to give you the details of one that does. In order to leave and re-enter the UK, you’ll need to make sure your dog:
- Has been microchipped
- Is older than 15 weeks at the time of travelling
- Is vaccinated against rabies
- Has been treated for tapeworm
Note: Chat to your vet about the timelines needed for vaccinations and treatments.
Some countries that aren’t listed under the Pet Travel Scheme can be more complicated to travel to.
Before you go, check to see if your destination is listed so you can make any specific preparations that might be required.