Pet Passports & Free Travel Clinics
It is now relatively easy for your pets to travel in and out of the UK without having to go through quarantine on their return to the UK.
The standard international travel document for pets is now the Pets Passport, which combines identification of the owner and the pet (through description and microchip number) with details of rabies and other vaccinations required. We can prepare these passports for you.
Full details of the Pets Passport scheme can be found at DEFRA.
If you are intending to travel with your pets, we strongly advise that you contact:
- the UK Department of the Environment (DEFRA) for any export requirements
- the airline or travel company for their specific travel requirements
- the authorities in the destination country for any import regulations
For travel within the EU, the Pet Passport is all that is required.
For travel to the US, your pet will need a Certificate of Fitness to Fly. For this you will normally need to book a consultation here within 5 days of your proposed date of travel.
For travel to most other countries, a DEFRA export certificate is required. You can download your application form at DEFRA Pet Export Certificate Application
We are happy to help prepare any of these travel documents for your pets as they travel around the world. Our vets Andrew, Odile, Mat and Alexia are all Official Veterinary Surgeons for DEFRA, allowing them to prepare and sign both Pet Passports and DEFRA export certificates for pet travel where required.
Please don’t hesitate to call us on 0207 723 0453 for any help or advice you might need.