What is PETS?
The pet passport system, known as PETS, allows owners to travel within Europe with their pets while stopping the spread of rabies and other diseases.
Most European Union (EU) countries and many outside the EU have joined PETS. Here, we list the steps you need to take to prepare your pet for travelling.
How can I get my pet ready to travel?
To be eligible for PETS, your cat, dog or ferret must:
Cats and dogs must also:
You must also ensure that your pet:
Before you go:
Taking care of your pet when travelling
Directgov recommends the following actions to make sure that your pet is calm and comfortable on its journey:
Returning to the UK
When returning to the UK, transport staff will check your pet passport to ensure the requirements of the scheme have been met. If there is missing paperwork or your pet has not been prepared correctly it may be:
Travelling with registered assistance dogs
Pets entering the UK on airlines under the Pet Travel Scheme must normally be carried in the hold. However, guide dogs or other assistance dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin with their owner on certain approved routes.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in partnership with other UK assistance dog organisations, Defra and a number of UK airlines has produced a set of guidelines for registered assistance dog owners wishing to use PETS. Visit the guide dog website to find out more.
What if my pet is more unusual?
The information above relates to the most common types of animals that travel overseas. If you have a more exotic species of pet then make sure to visit the DEFRA website (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) where you can find out more information about whether your pet is eligible to travel, and what restrictions and conditions apply. These are often different depending on the country.
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