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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.

(January 2020) : Note that Brexit will likely have an effect on Pet Travel Scheme movements and we will update once details are known confirmed.

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.

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. After 21 days has passed since the Rabies Vaccination was given you are able to bring your pet into the UK.

Veterinary Requirements

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.

Definition of Commercial and Non-Commercial Movements

Pets traveling with 5 days of their owners travels into the EU are classified as non-commercial shipments (owner on board).
Pets traveling outside of 5 days of their owners, or without an owner, are classified as commercial shipments (no owner on board) an extra VAT fee is required upon arrival

Transfer of Residency Application (TOR)

Applying for a TOR number will remove potential unnecessary charges on duty and tax for your pets traveling as a non-commercial shipment.

It’s best to do this at least 3 weeks before we uplift your pets.

Complete form TOR01 Application for Transfer of Residence via the link below


First Class Care All The Way

Pet Carriers International has a great team dedicated to the safety of the animals we transport. We strive to take the stress out of relocating your best friends anywhere in the world.

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