It is great that we no longer have to deal with months of quarantine if we want to travel abroad with our pets – but there are still a lot of criteria to meet and your vet is the best person to confirm your pet is good to go.

If you are planning to travel abroad with your pet, make an appointment with Garden Veterinary Group well in advance so that we can advise you on what precautions you need to take for your pet, and issue a Pet Passport.


Why do I need to see the vet before taking my pet abroad?

There are different rules for entering different countries from the UK with your pet. At Garden Veterinary Group vet will be able to discuss your travel plans and set up the correct timetable for any vaccinations required, as well as fill in the relevant documentation for your Pet Passport.

What is a Pet Passport?

Pet passports list the different treatments your pet has had and provides a simple way for countries to check that your pet meets their requirements for entry. These requirements vary depending on your destination, so do consult your vet a Garden Vetinerary Group before travelling.

How do I get a Pet Passport?

Your vet at Garden Veterinary Group will be able to issue a Pet Passport, which will require proof that your pet has been microchipped and vaccinated; a blood test may be carried out to check whether vaccination has been effective.

What vaccinations will my pet require for travel?

You must get your pet vaccinated against rabies before it can travel, and your pet will need to be at least 12 weeks old for your vet to be able to do this. If you are travelling with a dog, it must be treated for tapeworm before you return to the UK. If you are travelling to warmer countries, your vet may recommend additional vaccination against certain infectious diseases, in addition to the basic requirements of a Pet Passport. These include:

  • tick-borne diseases such as babesiosis and ehrlichiosis
  • mosquito-borne diseases such as heartworm
  • sand fly-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis

For further information on travelling with your pet, consult the government web portal here.