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How To Get an EU Pet Passport

Updated on November 19, 2010

Pet Passport

How to Get a Pet Passport

When travelling abroad, it used to be the case that you would have to leave your pets in the care of a family friend or pay over the odds to have them cared for by professionals, these days though if you are travelling to or from the UK it is a little easier for pet owners, because you can now get a passport for your pets allowing them to travel with you no matter where you want to go.

Obtaining a passport for your pet takes up to eight months though and there are some strict rules and regulations that must be met before a passport will be issued, it doesn't exactly come cheap either at over £300.00 it can leave a large dent in your finances.

A pet passport is sufficient travel to many destinations in the world but some countries require further permits or certificates to be obtained. It is your responsibility to be aware of any additional conditions that may apply.

Pet Microchip

Keeping the Passport Valid:

Your passport will remain valid as long as you have your rabies booster on time. Observe this date carefully as no delay is permitted. If your pet's vaccine lapses, even by a day your pet will have to undergo the entire process from the start. Under these circumstances the 6 month rule will be reapplied. Boosters are the responsibility of the pet owner. The rabies vaccination date is clearly marked on your pet passport.

The Process

The process of obtaining a pet passport has to be done step by step, planning ahead is essential, Start the ball rolling at least nine months in advance in case there are any delays in the process.

Be aware that throughout the process of obtaining a pet passport all dealings with your pet should be undertaken by a Local Veterinary Inspector, you will find one in your local telephone directory.

Step 1

The first step to getting your pet passport is to get your pet fitted with a Microchip, the Microchip has a unique number that will also be on your pet's passport when it eventually comes through, this identifies your pet to the authorities when entering or leaving the country.

Step 2

Your pet needs to be vaccinated against Rabies this is usually a course of two injections one on the same day as the microchip is fitted and another two weeks later.

Step 3

A blood test is taken thirty days after the second vaccination, to ensure that the vaccinations have been successful, and if the results are ok then your pet can be issued with a passport, although it can take a few weeks to get the results back from the Government laboratory.

Step 4

When the results finally come through from the laboratory, the L.V.I can issue you with your pet's passport, This involves one final check to certify your pet is free from rabies.

The Six Month Rule: Although your pet's passport will be valid for travel into many countries twentyone days after issue, your pet cannot come back into Britain for six months from the date when the blood sample was drawn. Therefore the total time it takes to get a full passport valid for re-entry into Britain is almost eight months.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I did a hub on this too, Jimmy, and I am basically stuck here. It will cost at least 1,000 pounds to pay for all the vet treatments, a fee for a pet travel agent (needed to book the pet in at the airport - what a money-making scam that is!) and a one-way flight - minimum for a cat to the UK I was quoted as 575 pounds!

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      Pauline 6 years ago

      I have a Samoyed dog and i live in greece and i want to go to Canada and take my dog with me!

      But i don't have a passpot for my dog,can i do something elss??Are there any solutions?

      I realy hope theres something i can do to take my dog with me!

      I LOve my dog SO MUCH!!!

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      Fin 7 years ago

      I have just relocated from Australia to France, and no the dogs cant travel in the cabin with you. Bundy travelled here via a company called Jetpets, id recommend them to anyone. Id look into Australia QT aswell as most animals have to go to cocus Island on the tip.

      Passports for pets in Australia are not compulsery but then i guess you never have to change country to go on holiday!

      Wish you all the best

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      Dawn 9 years ago

      i'm thinking of emmigrating to Australia .....I want to take my westie with me preferebly on the flight we go on.. Can he be in the cabin with me and do i need a passport for him as we will be living there. Please help ....thank you

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      coralie 9 years ago


      I need to send my cat to France from glasgow. It seems that the EU pet passport is compulsory as well as the microship andvaccinationrabies, etc..., I have nothing like that. I am leaving the country in a month..., that's gonna be impossible to take snoop' with me!!!

      can you help me? coralie

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      Jennifer 10 years ago

      am trying to locate some information about veterinary services in Mexico. I am in Mexico and I would like to take my Pekingese dog Humphrey to the UK with me. I understand from the DEFRA website that Mexico partakes in the PETS scheme, which is a microchip showing medical records, a pet passport that allows pets to enter countries such as the UK without quarantine. Does anyone know who can organise this?Many many thanks, Jennifer

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      James Paterson 10 years ago from Scotland

      talk to your vet Maxsmum, he/she will give you all of the information and will test your dogs fitnees to travel by air.....jimmy

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      MaxsMum07 10 years ago

      We are thinking about moving to Australia now our son is nearly 1 but we also have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who we've had for 5years and he is like my child too so i couldn't leave him behind! But as you say its not safe really and i just wish i could ride in the create with him so that i know hes safe and not scared. Im so unsure as to what to do now!?

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      I don't think I'd be able to bring my pets somewhere with me via plane or overseas, especially. I've heard so many horrow stories about loosing pet crates on planes; where you end in your destination, but you pets elsewhere. I don't think cats or smaller dogs would be as big of a deal bc they can sometimes be put in the cabin with you. But with my larger dog, I wouldn't be able to do it.. Too scared. Ha. Plus, she's an American Pit Bull Terrier, so I don't know the rules about that.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 10 years ago from Seattle

      This is really interesting. I've been researching what it takes to bring pets into the U.S. We are talking about moving to Poland for a few years at some point, and we have cats. They are apart of our family, so ensuring that they can come back with us without a long incubation time is important.