Have peace of mind knowing your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the move.
We offer pet transport where the customer accompanies the animal themselves as part of our removals and driver services.
We can advise you on all the necessary legal and medical requirements for your pet to travel in Europe as part of the EU PET TRAVEL SCHEME.
Seek advice from your vet, on how to minimise your pets’ anxiety during the move and when settling in to the new home.
If you are a UK resident and wish to take your dog on holiday within Europe (or other countries included within the scheme), your dog must have a Pet Passport.
This is a small blue booklet similar in size to your own passport, and contains pages where the details of microchip number, rabies vaccinations, blood tests and tick and worm treatments can be recorded. Not all the pages have to be completed for the passport to be valid. There is a page for the insertion of a photograph of your dog, but this is optional as the unique identification is achieved by the microchip.
Obtaining a Pet Passport
To obtain a passport, the dog must be:
3 week qualification period
Although the Pet Passport can be issued following the rabies vaccination, the UK require a further 3 week qualification period before the passport is valid for travel from or entry into the UK.
Are there any other additional requirements?
Yes! The dog needs to be treated between 24 – 120 hours (1 - 5 day) before their entry to the UK with a specific tapeworm treatment. A registered veterinarian (within that country) must do this and certify the treatment has been given within the Pet Passport. Prior to 1st January 2012, a specific tick treatment was also required. Although this is no longer a legal requirement, it is strongly recommended that dogs be protected against ticks as a routine.
For how long is the Passport valid?
Regular rabies boosters are required to keep the passport valid. The time interval depends on the specific vaccine used, but is generally every 2-3 years. Some European countries demand annual rabies vaccination for pets resident in their country. You would need to check this if you intend to stay in a country for more than 3 months at a time.
Do I need any other documentation?
No! A valid Pet Passport should allow free movement between countries of the EU. Individual countries can demand additional restrictions, but as the UK is one of the strictest, a Pet Passport that allows entry into the UK is likely to be suitable for all other countries of the EU. The transport of dogs within the Pet Passport scheme is only allowed along specified routes.
Does Quarantine still exist in the UK?
Yes! All dogs (and cats) entering the UK that do not have a valid Pet Passport must undergo a period of 6 months quarantine. It is therefore essential that you ensure all documentation is valid and correct before you travel.
Do non-European countries have different requirements?
Some may be part of the Pet Passport scheme, whereas others may have specific requirements. Australia and New Zealand are especially strict, requiring blood samples to be taken about 1 month before. It is recommended you contact your veterinarian well in advance to ensure the appropriate tests can be done in good time. For further information check the website of the appropriate national Government department. In the UK, this is the DEFRA Website.