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The rabies vaccination is noted in the passport booklet. Provided that your pet is not outside the UK for more than 3 months in one visit, the rabies vaccine is valid as per the Pets Passport. Should the pet be outside the UK continuously for more than 3 months, then you must comply with the regulations that apply within the country in which you are staying. The majority of European countries require that the Rabies vaccination is carried out annually.


It is a requirement that all DOGS re-entering the UK under the PETS scheme are certified as having been treated for tapeworms 24  120 hours prior to returning to the UK. You must get a veterinary surgeon in you holiday destination to carry out this treatment (and complete the appropriate section in the passport document). Please note this is NOT a requirement for re-entry into the UK from the Republic of Ireland. It is also currently not required on re-entry direct from Malta, Finland or Norway.

The requirement for tapeworm treatment DOES NOT apply to CATS.

For Day and Weekend Trips, your dog must still be treated for tapeworms between 24 and 120 hours prior to its return to the UK - therefore it must be treated BEFORE you travel. It is recommended that this treatment is repeated within 28 days of your return.


The transport company that you use to bring your pet into the UK may require you to provide a veterinary statement that it is healthy and fit to travel before they will allow it to board. The veterinary statement may be provided by completion of the Clinical Examination section of the EU pet passport by a veterinarian. In the case of dogs this is usually done at the time of tapeworm treatment. In the case of cats it may require a visit to a vet to provide this statement. You should check with your transport company whether or not this statement is required.


Not all countries are on the PETs passport list   if you take your pet to these non-listed countries there will be further requirements, such as a blood test for Rabies antibodies after vaccination followed by a delay of three months, before re-entry into the UK is permitted. You will also need to obtain a Ministry-issued Export Certificate before travelling to these countries. Please check the websites;

www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners and


to check that your destination is covered by the PETs passport regulations. The PETs passport is valid in all countries within the EU.

Certain countries within the EU have additional requirements for entry of Pets travelling from the UK (such as Sweden and Malta). Please check the recommended websites or the PETS helpline for further information.


Please contact the practice with details of your proposed journey and we can advise you whether further documentation is required. Your contact at the practice is Ralph Bailey who is an Official Veterinarian (OV). We can also advise you about veterinary treatments that may be required to protect your pets from specific disease they may encounter outside the UK.

Pet Travel Scheme Helpline

Pet Travel Section

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Hadrian House

Wavell Drive

Rosehill Industrial Estate




tel: 03702411710


There are a number of diseases that are present on the continent that we do not have in the UK at present. The obvious one is Rabies, against which your pet will have been vaccinated. However, there are four other diseases about which you should be aware, so that you can take action to protect your pet. Please check the list at the end of this note to see which countries are affected.


This is caused by a parasite which is transmitted by the bite of a sandfly (a mosquito-like fly). It may take many years after the bite for the symptoms to appear.

The main symptoms are; weight loss, lethargy, ulcers on the skin, baldness and crusting around the eyes, sore joints, diarrhoea, nose bleeds and in severe cases liver or kidney failure.

The condition is most common in dogs but may occur in cats. It is possible for humans to become infected from a sandfly bite   the disease usually affects people with a poor immune response   such as children, patients on certain drugs or those with HIV infection.

Pet Passport

A Pet Passport is a document which allows owners to take their pets on holiday without quarantine on their return to the UK. It also acts as an export certificate for animals that are going to live permanently abroad. The countries covered by the passport are all EU countries (including the Republic of Ireland) PLUS Scandinavia.

For advice on other countries owners must contact Pet Travel Scheme Helpline

The requirements for the  passport  are;

1. That the dog or cat is identified by an Identichip which is implanted PRIOR to the Rabies vaccination.

2. The animal has been given a RABIES vaccination. This must be carried out after the animal is 3 months of age.

3. You must use an approved transport company and an approved route (unless travelling between the UK and Republic of Ireland )

4. The passport issued is valid from 21 days after the rabies vaccination was given (the date of vaccination is Day 0, not Day 1). Since 2012, a blood test to check for Rabies antibodies after vaccination is no longer required.

Please note that the PETS Passport is NOT applicable for import of pets intended for sale in the UK.

A person may travel with up to FIVE pets - each with a passport.

Each of the above diseases is transmitted by the bite of an insect or tick. The most important part of protecting your pet from these diseases is to minimise exposure to these biting flies/ticks.

Sandflies and mosquitoes are most active after dusk and at night. Ideally pets should sleep indoors at night and be kept inside during the evening.

Sandfly and mosquito activity is seasonal in most countries they are most active in Summer and Autumn   avoiding these seasons will reduce exposure to these diseases.

Using an insecticide on your pet that will repel mosquitoes and sandflies is essential.


The parasite Babesia canis is transmitted by the bite of a tick. The disease affects dogs, although some cases of the   disease have been seen in cats in Spain. Humans are not affected. The disease has the following symptoms;  fever, lethargy, pale gums, jaundice (yellow gums), blood in the urine and vomiting.


Erlichia canis is another parasite that is transmitted by the bite of a tick. The disease may affect both dogs and cats. Humans are not affected.  

Clinical signs of Erlichiosis are; fever, lethargy, pale gums, weight loss, swollen glands (lymph nodes), swollen abdomen and blood in the urine or stool or from the mouth or nose.

Prophylactic treatment for heartworm is advisable if you are travelling to areas where the disease is present. This treatment should be given within one month after the start of the risk period. For most people, where your holiday will last less than one month, your pet can be treated for heartworm when you return to the UK.


The heartworm is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.

The disease principally affects dogs but cats may also be infected. Humans may be infected by the bite of a mosquito but this rarely leads to medical problems.

In the dog the parasite develops in the bloodstream and the adult worm eventually becomes lodged in the heart or in the larger blood vessels   this may lead to a type of heart failure. The dog may have a cough and heavy breathing, weight loss, inability to exercise and pale gums.

** There is now a vaccine available in the UK for protection against Leishmanisasis **

In places where all of these diseases are present, we would recommend the following regime;

Treat the pet prior to travelling or immediately on arrival with

Advantix spot-on, and repeat every 2 weeks during your stay.

(Please note; Advantix can be used concurrently with

Advocate Spot on )

Consider the use of a Serestro collar as a back-up to kill ticks and to repel sandflies .

Treat your pet with Milbemax worming tablets within one month after your holiday or once per month while you are away to treat for heartworm or continue to use Advocate spot-on as usual.

Please note, in addition to the above measures, your dog will require tapeworm treatment between 24 and 120 hours PRIOR to its return to the UK. This will need to be documented in the Passport by a suitably qualified

Where possible, we would always suggest that you discuss the local situation with regards to the above diseases, with the local vet in that area. You will need to contact them anyway to arrange tick and tapeworm treatment prior to your return to the UK.

If you require further advice please contact Ralph Bailey at the practice.

For information regarding the areas affected by each of the diseases please consult the website; http://www.esccap.org/travelling-pets-advice/

PETS PASSPORT: possible impact of Brexit


We now have confirmation from APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency) that there will be no change to the existing regulations for the duration of the transition period (i.e up to 31 December 2020 ). When starting a new passport, the passport is valid for use 21 days after the Rabies vaccination is given. No blood test is required. Dogs will still require tapeworm treatment before returning to the UK.

Please call the surgery on 0208 440 5742 if you have any further queries regarding Pets Passports.