Travelling with pets

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Hi Connie

I read your article on returning with pets to the UK.

You say tapeworm treatment only applies to dogs, but I was told by my vet in the UK that my cat needs to have tape worm and tick treatment before I return.

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Kind Regards, Barry Thomas


Hello Barry,

If you are entering the UK from EU and listed non-EU countries with a dog, cat or ferret: Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.


After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination.

Rabies boosters must be kept up to date.

The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date.

A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.

For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. The animal must be treated for tapeworm.

The treatment must be administered by a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK.

There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment.

Best wishes, Connie




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