The Pet Travel Scheme

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The Pet Travel Scheme 2017-03-22T22:04:53+00:00

All pet cats can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from. The vast majority of passports issued are for travel to the EU. There are no requirements currently for pets travelling between the UK and either the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Rules regarding countries and territories are subject to change so we would strongly advise you check the latest information with DEFRA before you travel.

Travel to the EU

Step 1 – The cat has to be microchipped

Step 2 – The cat has to be vaccinated against rabies. There is a compulsory waiting period of 21 days after the vaccination before return to the UK is permitted. The date on which the vaccination was carried out  is counted as day 0. The Rabies vaccination lasts for 3 years. If a booster vaccination is given before the expiry date in the passport there are no further waiting periods with subsequent vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations can only be administered when the animal is 3 months of age or older. There is no data on the safety of the vaccine in pregnant queens, but on the basis of field experience, such use is expected to be safe.

Step 3 – The cat must have a passport. This is an official document detailing the animals identity and vaccination record.