So you’re planning a trip to the UK and considering bringing your dog. Are you prepared to quarantine Fido for six months when you arrive at the HM Customs and Excise pound to ensure he doesn’t bring Rabies into the country? Don’t worry! There’s a way around it.
The Pet Travel Scheme—or PETS—is a program that allows dogs, cats, and ferrets from qualified countries to enter the UK without undergoing quarantine. You’ll need about eight months to meet all the requirements so be sure to plan well in advance. Here’s what you need to do:
Get your pet microchipped. A microchip is an electronic chip used for identification.
Get him a rabies vaccination. Even if your pet’s already gotten the rabies vaccination, you need to do this again after getting him microchipped.
Get your pet a blood test (roughly a month later) to ensure the vaccination worked.
Complete the proper documents, available on the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). If you’re traveling from a country in Europe, you’ll need to get an EU PETS Passport.
Wait six calendar months from the date your vet took the blood sample. After this waiting period, your paperwork is valid for entry into the country.
Get your pet treated against ticks and tapeworms. You have a very specific window of time—no less than 24 hours and no more than 48 hours. You must do this every time you enter the UK with your pet.
Arrange transportation for your pet with an approved company on an authorized route.
And that’s all there is to it! If you need more information, call +44 (0) 870 241 1710, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 6:00 PM UK time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.