Certain ferry partners will allow you to enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:
- has been micro-chipped
- has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate
- has been vaccinated against rabies - it will also need a blood test if you’re travelling from an ‘unlisted country’
Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.
Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.
You must follow extra rules if the animals will be:
- sold in the UK from outside the EU or inside the EU
- re homed in the UK from inside or outside the EU
There are different rules for travelling with your pet to another country from the UK. Check the rules for the country you’re travelling to.
Travelling to Europe after Brexit
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel.
The rules for passports, driving, EHIC cards and more may also change. Check if you need to act now so you can travel as planned.