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Taking your cat abroad

Conditions of Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows thousands of British cats to travel abroad since the scheme began.

Cats that are resident in either the United Kingdom or one of the other qualifying (listed) countries can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the Scheme

To qualify for the scheme your cat must meet certain criteria.

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 Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another ‘listed’ country):

– Have your cat microchipped.
The cat must have a permanent microchip implanted before vaccination. The microchip must meet specifications so that it can be read by any standard microchip reader.
-Have your cat vaccinated.
The cat must be vaccinated against rabies, using an approved vaccine and boosters must be given at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. You cannot travel until 21 days after the vaccine has been administered.
– Get PETS documentation.
The cat must have a PETS passport signed by an official veterinary surgeon, confirming that the conditions have been met. Some countries also need additional certification or requirements, it is important to check with DEFRA before you travel.
– Arrange for your cat to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
We recommend that you visit the DEFRA website for the very latest up to date information on PETS, or telephone DEFRA on 0870 241 1710

 

Travelling into the EU from an unlisted country:

An ‘unlisted’ country is any country not included in the list of EU and non-EU countries.
– Have your cat microchipped and vaccinated
The cat must have a permanent microchip implanted before vaccination. The microchip must meet specifications so that it can be read by any standard microchip reader.
-Arrange a blood test
A blood sample cannot be taken until 30 days after the cat is vaccinated. This is tested at an approved laboratory to check immunity to rabies.
– Get an official third country veterinary certificate documentation
– Arrange for your cat to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route
You will need to sign a declaration stating that your cat has not been outside any of the qualifying counties in the six months before re-entering.
You must wait 3 calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before travelling. The vet must give you a copy of the test results. These must show that the vaccination was successful.
You don’t have to wait 3 months if your pet was vaccinated, blood tested and given a pet passport in the EU before travelling to an unlisted country.
Check the following information as well.

 

  1. Are the countries you intend to visit included in the scheme?
  2. Are all transit counties included in the scheme?
  3. Do those countries have additional requirements?
  4. Check the authorised travel routes and carriers

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