3. Pet passport and other documents

You need a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret if they’ll be travelling:

  • within the EU
  • from the EU to a listed or unlisted country and then returning to the EU - you can’t do this after your pet’s rabies vaccination has expired

If they’re coming from outside the EU, you need a third-country official veterinary certificate if they don’t have an EU pet passport.

You must bring originals of all your pet’s documents, not photocopies.

Getting a pet passport

Pet passports list the different treatments your pet has had.

You can get one from certain vets in EU countries, certain EU territories and some non-EU countries. If your vet doesn’t issue pet passports, ask them for the nearest that does, or contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

You’ll need to take your pet, its identity and vaccination records and any rabies blood test results (if you have them) when you get a pet passport.

The passport is only valid if you meet the entry requirements. You don’t need to get a new style passport (issued from 29 December 2014) until all the treatment spaces are full.

You should travel with previous pet passports in some cases, eg if your pet has had a blood test. Ask your vet if you think this applies to your pet.

Only vets in the EU can enter information into the pet passport (except for tapeworm treatments - this can be done by vets outside the EU).

Before you travel

Check that the vet has filled in the following sections in the pet passport:

  • details of ownership - you must sign section I if your pet passport was issued on or after 29 December 2014
  • description of animal
  • marking or identification of animal
  • vaccination against rabies
  • rabies blood test (if needed)
  • details of the vet issuing the passport (for passports issued from 29 December 2014)
  • your dog’s tapeworm treatment (if needed)

Third-country official veterinary certificate

To enter or return to the EU from listed or unlisted countries you need either:

When you can use a certificate

Your pet must arrive in an EU country within 10 days of the certificate being issued. It’s valid for 4 months for further travel within the EU.

You should get the person who checks your pet when you arrive in the EU to sign and stamp the certificate.

When you can use a pet passport

You don’t need a third-country official veterinary certificate if your pet was issued with a pet passport before leaving the EU and the treatments are still valid. Any booster vaccinations or blood tests carried out from outside the EU must be recorded on a third-country official veterinary certificate.

Exchanging the certificate for a pet passport

You can exchange the certificate for an EU pet passport if:

  • it expires while your pet is in the EU
  • your pet needs a rabies booster vaccination while it’s in the EU
  • you want to keep travelling within the EU after the certificate has expired

You’ll have to show the vet:

  • the certificate
  • your pet’s identity and vaccination record
  • the blood test results (if needed)

Cats from Australia

To bring a cat into the UK from Australia, you must have a certificate from the Australian Department of Agriculture confirming your cat hasn’t been exposed to the Hendra virus in the 60 days before you left.

Dogs and cats from Peninsular Malaysia

You must have a certificate from the Malaysian government veterinary health services to bring your dog or cat into the UK from Peninsular Malaysia. The certificate must show your pet:

  • hasn’t had contact with pigs in the 60 days before you left
  • hasn’t been on a holding where Nipah disease has been found in the 60 days before you left
  • has a negative blood test result for Nipah virus antibody - the test must be carried out by a laboratory approved for Nipah virus on a blood sample taken no more than 10 days before you leave