5. Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in the pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate every time you want to enter the UK.

You don’t need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

The treatment must have been given within 1 and 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before you’re scheduled to enter the UK.

Your pet can be refused entry into the UK or put into quarantine if the treatment hasn’t been given between 24 and 120 hours.

Your vet must record the following details in the ‘Echinococcus treatment’ section of your dog’s pet passport or certificate:

  • the name and manufacturer of the product used to treat your dog
  • the date and time they treated your dog
  • their stamp and signature

The treatment must have praziquantel or an equivalent as its active ingredient.

Day trips

Your pet must be treated before you leave the UK. To return to the UK, the treatment must have been given within 24 and 120 hours by the time you re-enter the UK.

You should give another treatment within 28 days of returning to the UK.