- General Practice Service
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Travelling to Europe and several other countries has been made easier by the introduction of the Pet Passport. With a valid passport your cat can travel to and from those countries back to the UK without having to go into quarantine. The basic requirements are a microchip, rabies vaccination and the issue of a Pet Passport. The rabies vaccination has to be repeated within a strict period of time to keep the passport up to date.
‘If you are thinking about travelling with your cat, please plan well in advance as the process takes some time and initially the cat is only allowed to travel 21 days after rabies vaccination. For the most up to date information we advise that you contact the UK Government Pet Travel Scheme on their website (the rules changed on 1 January 2012): www.gov.uk.
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.
While rabies is scary and travelling is strictly regulated because of it, it is also a fairly rare disease. Your cat is much more likely to encounter other diseases when travelling, some of which are common in other countries, but unknown or rare in the UK. We strongly advise that you find out about other possible diseases in the area you are going to before travelling with your cat, and in line with BSAVA recommendations, we also advise that all travelling cats are treated against ticks as well as tapeworms, as ticks can carry a number of significant diseases. (See Diseases Abroad information sheet). It is also important to consider whether your cat will enjoy going on holiday with you. Unlike dogs, most cats hate to travel, so in many cases a cattery or a reliable cat sitter may be a better option.