Pet Passports and Travelling Abroad 

Pet Passports and Travelling Abroad


Dogs, Cats and Ferrets can move freely between the UK and Europe and some other countries that are part of the P.E.T.S scheme.

The jet setting pet needs the following;

  1. A microchip
  2. A rabies vaccination
  3. A passport issued by an Official Veterinarian. Two of our vets are registered Official Veterinarians.
  4. A three week wait from the date of vaccination, before the pet can travel
  5. Before returning to the UK, the pet must be treated for the worm, Echinococcus spp, by a registered vet in the departing country. The treatment must be 2-5 days before arriving in the UK.


We are in constant communication with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in regard to the possible strategy should the UK leave Europe in March without a deal in place. We will endeavour to keep our clients informed if anything changes.  In essence, even the government agencies do not really know what path to take.

The current advice is that after Brexit, all dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to Europe may need the following:

  1. A microchip, rabies vaccination and passport.
  2. A blood test 30 days or more after the rabies vaccination to show that the animal is immune. The EU laboratories have informed us that there are currently a large number of animals that are failing this serology test and advise that the closer to 30 days after vaccination, the greater the chance of passing the test.
  3. The animals must wait for 3 months after the date that the blood sample was taken for the rabies serology.
  4. A Health Certificate must be obtained from an Official Veterinarian (OV) within 10 days of travelling. This Health certificate lasts for 4 months from the date of issue.

In conclusion, we have two options:  Either take the chance that sense will prevail and we will achieve a deal prior to Brexit, or alternatively have a blood test performed and the result entered into your pet’s passport, just in case.  The three month wait and the health certificate would be necessary if we do not have a Brexit deal.

If you would like to have a blood test performed on your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact us on

01621 818282 (Tiptree)         01206 544918 (Colchester)