Bringing pets to the UK
This site explains what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS for short) without putting it into quarantine. It also explains the requirements for bringing many other types of pet animals into the UK. This site also tells you about quarantine in the UK for animals that don't qualify for PETS. Printable factsheets are available for both vets and the public.
Travelling abroad with your pet?
- Check that the microchip can be read before you go
- Make sure that your pet’s paperwork is in order
Further information on taking pets out of the UK to EU countries or Non-EU listed countries is available here.
Dog and Cat Travel And Risk Information (DACTARI). This is a scheme to find out about the occurrence of exotic diseases in dogs and cats in Great Britain. Find out why you should get involved.
If you need further information or advice not covered by these pages please contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline: +44 (0)870 241 1710 (Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm UK time).
16 June 2009
- The European Commission has published a proposal to extend the transitional arrangements applicable for the movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into the UK, Ireland, Finland, Malta and Sweden until 31 December 2011. This proposal needs to be agreed by the European Parliament and Council before it can be formally adopted.
- News release: Extension to pet movement derogation proposed.
2 June 2009
- Commercial carriers British Airways World Cargo, Thomson Airways, Delta Airlines, Monarch Airlines and Emirates Sky Cargo have announced additional PETS routes into the UK.
- Charter carriers Northern Aviation and AD aviation have announced additional PETS routes into the UK.
- Charter carriers Zephyr Aviation, Lyon Aviation and Executive Fliteways have announced they are now offering various PETS routes into the UK.
- Ferry company DFDS Seaways have announced a new PETS route into the UK.
Please visit our routes pages for the latest information.
15 April 2009
- Having received a high number of correspondence regarding the blockades currently in place at French ports, we would like to clarify that regrettably, there are no changes to Pet Travel Scheme requirements for pets that are due to be travelling from the blockaded ports. Pets must have checked in with the approved carrier within the regular time-frame. If the time-frame is missed, new treatments will be required.
Page last modified: 16 June, 2009