What is an EU Pet Passport?
The first step to shipping any pet to the UK is obtaining a EU pet travel passport. An EU Pet Passport is a document issued by an official veterinarian in an European Union (EU) Member State (country within the EU) or other designated country that contains official health information related to a specific pet. An EU Pet Passport cannot be obtained in the U.S. The purpose of the pet passport is to simplify travel between EU Member States, but the EU has also allowed it to be used for pets returning to the EU from other countries.
Does my pet need to be microchipped?
You must also get your cat or dog implanted with an ISO compliant (11784 and 11785) microchip. ISO compliant microchips are 15 digits long. Rabies vaccination must occur the same day as or AFTER microchip implantation. Any rabies vaccination given before microchip implantation is considered by the UK to be invalid.
What are the requirements for rabies vaccines?
The first rabies vaccination after microchip implantation is considered the “primary vaccine,” and is ONLY valid for one year. If an animal travels more than 12 months after a primary rabies vaccine is given (the first rabies vaccine given after microchip implantation), written documentation that a rabies vaccine booster was given within 12 months of this “primary vaccine” must accompany the pet when it travels to the UK. Pets traveling without documentation proving a rabies booster vaccine was given within 12 months of the primary vaccine may be subjected to re vaccination for rabies and a 21 day quarantine upon arrival in the UK at the owner’s expense. Alternatively, the animal can be re vaccinated in the U.S. prior to departure and will be eligible for travel to the UK after a 21 day waiting period. Booster (non-primary) rabies vaccinations are valid for 1, 2 or 3 years based on the manufacturer’s recommendations as long as the previous vaccination is current and has been administered according to the UK’s requirements. Rabies vaccination must not expire before entering the UK. After the primary vaccination, you do need to have a 21 day waiting period after the primary rabies vaccine.
You must complete an EU health certificate and have it endorsed by your local USDA APHIS office.
Lastly, tapeworm treatment is required for dog(s) exported to the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, Malta, Finland and Norway. The dog(s) must be treated by an Accredited Veterinarian between 24 and 120 hours (1 and 5 days) before entering the EU.
Although it may seem extensive to get all of the paperwork completed, it is easily achievable with the help of our Document Agent Service. This service will ensure that getting your EU pet requirements completed is quick and easy!