Pet Travel Scheme

Updated: Mar 6, 2019

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows us to take our pets on holiday with us to other EU countries without having to put them in quarantine upon returning home.

From 29th December 2014 changes were made to the travel scheme. The changes were made to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase the levels of compliance and improve the security and traceability of the pet passport. 

The main requirements of the scheme have stayed the same for travelling pets. Currently the following applies for pets entering or re-entering the UK from EU countries:

Micro-chipping – this must be done before it receives the rabies vaccination.

Vaccination against rabies

A pet passport issued by an authorised vet

A waiting period after the primary vaccination and prior to travel – 21 days

A treatment for tapeworm 24-120 hours (1-5 days) before entering the UK.

Make sure that you have had the requirements carried out in the correct order and that your pet’s documents are correctly completed. If you do not your pet may not be able to enter the destination country or may have to go into quarantine, which incurs a significant expense on arrival. The whole process can take much longer than you think so leave enough time for the completion of your pet’s passport before you leave for you holiday.

As an owner it is your responsibility to find out about entry requirements for your pet in to the country of destination. For pets travelling to the UK from non-EU countries there may be additional requirements.


We strongly recommend treating your pets for ticks before and after your holiday.


For more information contact us or visit www.defra.gov.uk

COVID-19 Information.

We have updated precautionary measures in an effort to keep our staff and their families and you, our clients, safe from the infection while fulfilling our obligations to your pets and stock.

Learn more at ottervets.co.uk/coronavirus

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Devon, EX10 9BX

64 Mill Street, Ottery St Mary

Devon, EX11 1AF