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. A Rabies Blood test.
1 month after the Rabies Vaccination was given, a satisfactory blood test result must show that the rabies neutralising antibody titre was equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml. Ensure your vet gives you a certified copy of the blood test result with the microchip number correctly shown. This again is a requirement for the Pet Scheme.
If your pet’s blood test is satisfactory you will not be able to bring your pet into the UK under the Pet Scheme until 6 calendar months have passed from the date that the blood sample was taken that gave a satisfactory result.
4. Flea and Tick Treatment
Under the Pet Scheme between 24 and 48 hours, your pet must be treated against ticks and tapeworms by an AQIS accredited veterinarian.
Pet Carriers International is able to assist you all the required Vaccinations and tests for the Pet Scheme. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants for further information and pricing.
Pet Carriers can offer Discounted Veterinary treatments contact us for further details.