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Pet Passports – Guidance for Owners
The following information is provided to help you prepare to take your pet abroad to countries inside the European Union (http://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/listed-and-unlisted-countries). However, it is really important to check with the relevant authority before travelling because the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that requirements are met for travel into different countries and for return to the UK lies with you, the owner. https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview is a good starting point
The basic requirement for pet travel within the EU is a microchip, a single rabies vaccination and a passport.
You must wait 21 days from the date of vaccination before returning to the UK with your pet from an EU country.
We recommend 2 rabies vaccinations, 2 weeks apart because not all pets have sufficient immunity from a single injection. You can still travel back to the UK 21 days after the FIRST injection though.
The rabies vaccination must be repeated every 3 years.
Pets must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of rabies vaccination.
Before returning to the UK, your pet must be given a tapeworm treatment by a vet and the relevant section signed in the passport. This must take place between 24 and 120 hours (1-5 days) BEFORE returning to the UK. For short trips of less than 5 days this means that it is often more practical to have the tapeworm treatment before you travel.