Pet Passports

General Services

Pet Passports

At All Creatures, our vets are AVIs (authorised veterinary inspectors) and are able to provide and complete all the relevant paperwork to allow your pet to travel abroad. Please allow plenty of time in advance of your travel plans for us to arrange this. 

Travelling with Pets

When travelling with your pet dog, cat or ferret, the rules you must follow depend on the country you are going to or coming from.

Travelling within the EU (or into the EU from another ‘listed’ country)

When travelling to or returning to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country, your pet needs:

  • a microchip
  • a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)    
  • a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate    
  • tapeworm treatment (for dogs only) 
You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling. 

Travelling into the EU from an unlisted country

An ‘unlisted’ country is any country not included in the list of EU and non-EU countries. When travelling to or returning to the UK from an unlisted country, your pet needs:

  • a microchip    
  • a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)    
  • a blood test - the vet must take the blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of vaccination counts as day 0, not day 1)    
  • an official third country veterinary certificate    
  • tapeworm treatment(for dogs only)
You must wait 3 calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before travelling. The vet must give you a copy of the test results. These must show that the vaccination was successful. You don’t have to wait 3 months if your pet was vaccinated, blood tested and given a pet passport in the EU before travelling to an unlisted country. 

Guide dogs and other assistance dogs

Assistance dogs must meet the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme or may be subject to quarantine on arrival in to NI.  They are allowed to travel in the aircraft cabin with their owner on approved routes and carriers registered to carry assistance dogs. They can normally also travel in areas of other forms of transport where other animals aren’t allowed. They can travel on more routes than people with pets. Apart from that, the rules for assistance dogs travelling under the EU pet travel scheme are the same as for other dogs. The Guide Dogs Association website has advice about taking assistance dogs abroad. 


When you return to Northern Ireland 

Your pet and it's documents will need to be checked when you return to NI. If you don’t have the correct documents or your pet hasn’t been properly prepared it will be licenced into quarantine until it fully meets the entry requirements or sent back to the country it travelled from. You must pay the costs for this.


Other types of pet

There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to the UK from other EU countries. Pet rabbits and rodents from other countries must spend 4 months in quarantine. They need a rabies import licence and must enter the UK at a Border Inspection Post.

Confused about pet travel from Ireland to UK ???

We were too! But here it is simplified.......

Travel from N. Ireland to England, Wales and Scotland (Belfast departure) - NO pet passport required.
Travel from Republic of Ireland to England, Wales and Scotland (Dublin departure)  - YES pet passport IS required.
 
Travel from N Ireland To England, Wales and Scotland - NO rabies vaccine required.
Travel from Republic of Ireland to England, Wales and Scotland - Rabies vaccine IS required.

But aren't we rabies free? Apparently so but the rules are the rules, we don't make them! :(

 
So the tricky one?

What about travelling with a pet from N. Ireland to Republic of Ireland or vice versa?

A passport AND rabies vaccine are supposed to be done as per EU law! BUT there's no border checks between the north and south.

(and we don't have rabies here) so that one's up to you. ;)


If you require any further information please contact:

Trade Section Veterinary Service DARDNI
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 3SB

Tel: 028 9052 4622