5. Pet passport and other documents

You need a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret if you prepare your pet for travel from within the EU.

If you’re coming from outside the EU to enter the UK or other EU country, you need:

  • a third-country official veterinary certificate if you don’t have an EU pet passport
  • to fill in a declaration confirming that you aren’t going to sell or transfer the ownership of your pet

Your pet must travel with all its original documents.

Pet passport

Pet passports list the different treatments your pet has had in order to meet the pet travel rules.

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.

Ask the vet for a pet passport if you’ll be travelling:

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 stays valid as long as you continue to 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 for more information 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
  • 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)

Make sure that a vet completes the details of your pets tapeworm treatment (dogs only) in the pet passport before you return to the UK.

Third-country official veterinary certificate

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

  • a third-country official veterinary certificate
  • any other documents listed on the third-country official veterinary 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. In England, Wales and Scotland this is an airport official. In Northern Ireland it’s an official from Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

The vet should use the ‘model third-country official veterinary certificate’. Other health certificates aren’t valid and your pet won’t be allowed to enter the EU.

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 not the pet passport.

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

You’ll have to show the vet:

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

Other documents

Your transport company may need a statement from your vet confirming that your pet is fit to travel.

Check with the country you’re travelling to for information about any extra documents you’ll need to enter with your pet.

Cats from Australia

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

Dogs and cats from Peninsular Malaysia

To bring your dog or cat into the UK from Peninsular Malaysia, you must have a certificate from the Malaysian government veterinary health services that shows 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