Pet passport

Taking your pet on holiday


Many people want to take their pets with them on holiday, but don’t always know what is required before they do so.

If you are planning to take your dog, cat or ferret on holiday with you outside of the UK, then you will need a Pet Passport.  At Best Friends Group, we can advise and help you obtain a Pet Passport for your pet before you travel.

The requirements for a Pet Passport vary depending on the country or countries you’re visiting.  Your pet will require certain vaccinations for some territories and particular conditions will need to be met prior to obtaining your Pet Passport and travelling.

After Brexit there could be changes to the requirements for a Pet Passport if you are travelling to the EU. We’ve put together more information about Pet Passports and Brexit in this article, to make things clearer. You can also speak to your Best Friends vet at any time for information and advice on Pet Passports.

It is advisable that you start the process for getting a Pet Passport around 4 months before you intend to travel.

For the most up to date guidance, it is good to visit

If you don’t get a Pet Passport, and make sure that you have the right vaccinations and other requirements for wherever you are intending to travel to, then you might find that you are not allowed to bring your pet back into the UK without them going into lengthy quarantine.


What is required for a Pet Passport?


Your pet will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies three weeks before the Pet Passport is valid. Worming is also required 24 to 72 hours before returning to the UK.

It is important to note that only a Vet in a country that the UK accepts Pet Passports from can enter information into your Pet Passport while you are abroad. It is good to check with your Best Friends Vet before you go, so that you know what you will need to do while you are away to ensure you pet can re-enter the UK at the end of your holiday.

Apart from rabies, your pet is at risk of other diseases while abroad including Leishmaniosis, which is transmitted by sand flies to dogs. Heartworm, as the name suggests, is a parasitic worm which lives in the heart of the animal, while babesiosis and erlichiosis are both tick-borne diseases.

Prevention is always better than cure, so please talk to us at Best Friends Group if you are going abroad and we will advise on the best course of action.

If you need a Pet Passport, book an appointment with us today.

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