What is the Pet Travel Scheme?
The Pet Travel Scheme (pets) is the system that allows pet animals from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. Pet Scheme also means that people in the UK can take their pets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with them to the UK. They can also, having taken their pets to certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need for quarantine under the Pet Scheme. To bring your dog or cat into the UK under the Pet Scheme from Australia you must follow the procedure outlined below.
There are no requirements for pets travelling directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
1. Have your pet Microchipped
Your pet must first be fitted with a microchip to identify it. We do not specify a particular type or brand of microchip to be used but, in Europe, ISO (International Standards Organisation) Standard microchips meeting specifications 11784 or Annex A of ISO Standard 11785 are generally used for the Pet Scheme.
2. Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies.
Your pet must be at least three months old before it is vaccinated. This can be done any time after it has been fitted with a microchip. Before vaccinating your pet, make sure your vet checks its microchip number and enters it on your pet’s vaccination record as this is required for the Pets Scheme.
If your pet has been vaccinated against rabies before it was identified by a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again. This is to make sure that your pet is correctly identified when it is vaccinated.
3. 21 days has passed since the Rabies vaccination.
After 21 days has passed since the Rabies Vaccination was given you are able to bring your pet into the UK.
4. Worming Treatment
Dogs Only: Must be treated for tapeworms between 24 and 120 hours prior to arrival in the UK. The treatment must be with a licenced product containing praziquantel
Pet Carriers International is able to assist you all the required Vaccinations and treatments for the Pet Scheme. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants for further information and pricing.