Approved routes

You can only use certain travel routes and companies to enter England, Scotland or Wales.

Check the routes before you travel - they can change or may only operate at certain times of the year.

Pets usually travel as cargo, but there are different rules if you’re arriving by air or sea with an assistance dog.

Travelling to and from Northern Ireland and Ireland

Contact the DAERA if you’re travelling to Northern Ireland.

You do not have to use an approved transport company if you’re travelling from Ireland to the UK.

You can only bring a pet into the UK on a private boat or plane if you’re travelling from Ireland.

From 1 January 2021, rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can bring your pet

  2. Step 2 Get your pet microchipped

  3. Step 3 Get your pet vaccinated against rabies

    1. Check the rules about rabies vaccinations

    You must wait for a set period of time after vaccination before you can travel.

    Depending on the country you're travelling from, you might also need to get a blood test.

  4. and Get tapeworm treatment

    If you have a dog, you'll also need to get tapeworm treatment before you travel.

    1. Check the rules about tapeworm treatment
  5. Step 4 Get a pet travel document