Travelling with your pet


If you are travelling with your dog, cat or ferret to an EU country or a listed country a Pet Passport will be required. 
In order to issue a Pet Passport your pet must be:
  • microchipped 
  •  vaccinated against rabies (your pet must be at least 12 weeks old).
Here at Downwood Vets we strongly recommend a primary course of rabies vaccinations which means the first vaccine on day 0 and second vaccine no earlier than day 14.  If you do not wish for a second rabies vaccine please inform the vet at the time of the appointment.
At the time of the rabies vaccination appointment the vet will perform a health check, record the microchip number and location, administer the rabies vaccination if suitable and take details to be entered onto the Pet Passport.
The pet passport is valid 21 days from the second rabies vaccination if you have a full course (recommended) or 21 days from a single vaccine.
In the UK rabies vaccinations are valid for 3 years and so a booster will be required before the expiry date written in the passport.  If the vaccination is boosted before expiration there is no need to restart the course.


All dogs are required to be treated for tapeworm no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK.


Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category the UK becomes on 1 January 2021.
If the UK becomes an unlisted country a rabies titre blood test will be required prior to travel to the EU. To have the blood test your pet must be:
  • Microchipped and vaccinated against rabies
  • The blood sample can be taken no earlier than 30 days from previous rabies vaccination (the day of the vaccination is day 0)
  • Following a successful result, there will be a mandatory wait period of 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken before travel
If the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country.  There would be little change to the current pet travel arrangements and only minor changes needed to documentation for travel between the UK and EU. This means no change for pet owners from what they currently need to do in terms of health preparations.
If the UK becomes a Part 2 listed Country.  The current arrangements would remain the same, but pets would need a veterinary health certificate to be issued before travelling that would be issued at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination and within 10 days of travel; the certificate would likely only be valid for 4 months.


Although it is not necessary to travel, we would strongly  advise your pet is protected against the following which can cause fatal disease
  • Ticks - which can transmit multiple diseases including Babesia, Erlichiosis and Hepatozoonosis
  • Sandflies - which can transmit Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease that is found on the Mediterranean coastal area of Southern Europe
  • Mosquitoes - which can transmit Heartworm, which  is common in Southern Europe
For further information on pet travel, please visit  or speak to one of our vets.