4. Pet passport and other documents

Your dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport to enter or re-enter the UK or the EU. It must have been issued in the UK or EU.

You’ll need a third country official veterinary certificate if you’re entering the UK or EU and don’t have a pet passport issued in the EU. It will be valid for 4 months.

Your pet has to travel within 5 days of you or the person travelling with your pet. You need to authorise the person responsible for your pet in writing.

Pet passport

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

  • within the EU
  • from the EU to a listed country and then returning to the EU
  • from the EU to an unlisted country and then returning to the EU

The passport stays valid as long as you continue to meet the entry requirements. You don’t need to get a new style passport until all the treatment spaces are full.

You must also fill in a declaration confirming that you aren’t going to sell or transfer the ownership of your pet if you’re entering the UK or EU from a non-EU country.

Third country official veterinary certificate

To enter or return to the EU from a listed or an unlisted non-EU country you’ll need:

You must arrive in an EU country within 10 days of the certificate being issued. It is valid for 4 months from the day it was issued.

Any other health certificates aren’t valid and your pet won’t be allowed to enter the EU.

You don’t need a third country health certificate if your pet was issued with a pet passport before leaving the EU.

Exchanging the certificate for a pet passport

The certificate will have to be exchanged for an EU pet passport if:

  • it expires while your pet’s in the EU
  • your pet is due a rabies booster vaccination while it’s in the EU

You’ll have to give the vet:

  • the certificate
  • your pet’s identity and vaccination record
  • the blood test result

Travel with more than 5 pets

You can’t travel with more than 5 pets unless you’re attending a competition, show, sporting event or training for one. You’ll need written evidence of registration for this event when you travel.

There are different rules if the animals are being sold or re-homed or if you’re travelling with more than 5 of your own pets for any other reason.

Other documents

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

Cats from Australia

To bring a cat into the UK from Australia, you must have an Australian Veterinary Authorities’ 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 Malaysia

To bring your dog or cat into the UK from Malaysia, you must have a certificate from the Malaysian government veterinary health services which shows that 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 - this must be done in a laboratory approved for Nipah virus testing no more than 10 days before you leave

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