Before starting the procedure for acquiring a Pet Passport, all pets must be at least 12 weeks old.
Steps in getting a passport:
- Your pet must be microchipped
- Rabies vaccination must be administered (this can be performed on the same day as the microchip)
- The Passport can then be issued on the same day as the rabies vaccination
Other important paperwork:
It is important to note the passport is not valid for return to the UK until 21 days after the administration of the rabies vaccination. Due to this, it will take AT LEAST 3 weeks to complete the process of obtaining a passport and being permitted to bring your pet back into the UK. We recommend you allow 2 months.
Before returning to the United Kingdom, the passport will need to be checked and completed by an appropriately qualified vet abroad, in the period of 24 hours and 120 hours before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. At this time the vet will need to treat for worms.
There are diseases present in Europe which are not found in the UK.
Advice on preventing your pet from contracting these can be obtained by making an appointment with one of the above named veterinary surgeons. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Rabies boosters are kept up to date and thus prevent your passport from expiring.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your pet meets all the rules of entering the UK under the pet travel scheme. More information can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets.