- General Practice Service
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You may find one day that you need to travel a long distance with your pet, either within the UK or abroad. Whatever the circumstances, we are able to offer help and advice about the mode of travel, whether any special precautions are required (for example if your pet is ill or on medication, or is a very nervous traveller) and also regarding any necessary microchipping, blood tests, vaccinations and certification which might be required should your pet be travelling abroad.
For pets travelling abroad, there are numerous factors to be taken into consideration and the situation can be complex, depending upon which country or countries you are travelling to, and whether or not your pet is going to return to the UK and, if so, when. Our general practice vets are government registered OVs (Official Veterinarians) and are able to help with rabies vaccination and also to issue Pet Passports and perform any health check examinations which might require certification.
However, it is very important to realise that, whilst we can assist with the mechanics of microchipping, giving vaccines and issuing Pet Passports, we cannot give the most accurate, up to date advice on what steps are required in order to export your pet out of the UK to any particular country or to bring your pet back into the UK (and the rules were changed on 1 January 2012). We recommend that in the first instance you contact the UK Government Pet Travel Scheme Helpline on 0870 241 1710 or email: [email protected] or visit their website at www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad and follow the link to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) in order to gain the information you require.
Please note: Due to the UK’s exit from the EU, legislation covering pet travel may be set to change. The information relates to travel within the EU up to the end of March 2019. After this, the rules may be significantly different and we do not yet know what will be required (even if your pet has a currently valid Pet Passport).
We will shortly be sending out a letter with further information to clients that we have previously issued with Pet Passports.
For the moment we would suggest if you have any travel plans with your pets after March 2019 that cannot be altered, that you contact the practice as soon as possible to discuss this further.