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Exporting your pet to the EU

You need to have fulfilled these conditions AT LEAST 21 days before you travel

  • Microchipped
  • Rabies vaccinated
  • Pet passport in hand
  • tapeworm treatment on re entering the UK (often combined with tick treatment)

Exporting your pet to the rest of the world

EVERY COUNTRY IS DIFFERENT
CHANGES HAPPEN WITHOUT US KNOWING
WE CANNOT KEEP UP WITH CHANGES THAT HAPPEN IN THE REST OF THE WORLD AND ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILTY FOR ANY INFORMATION THAT WE GIVE - IT IS THE BEST WE HAVE AT THE TIME -  BUT NOT NECESSARILY UP TO DATE
CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH, ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME, AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, AND CHECK FOR YOURSELF

Having said that, there are some general steps to follow

  • Contact Defra - the current website link to get you started is here


6 months before

  • get your pet microchipped
  • get your pet rabies vaccinated
  • if the country you are going to requires it get your pet blood tested for rabies 30 days after the vaccination
  • sometimes the blood test is negative (between 5 and 10%), so you need to repeat the vaccine:test cycle again - some people opt to avoid 2 tests by having 2 vaccines done 1 month apart.
  • get the passport, get signed, stamped and certified that the test has been done


3 months before

  • apply to DEFRA for an export health certificate (EHC) for the country you are going to
  • this will come with instructions for what to do - get it done sooner rather than late.
  • once you have successfully sent back the EHC application, DEFRA will send us the EHC to be filled in and completed before you go. Every country is different for its requirements, make sure you can get to your vet within the proscribed period of time.


Re entering the UK

  • pet passport
  • tapeworm treatment (often combined with tick treatment)

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