Travelling From The UK With Your Pet
There was once a time where people would not even consider taking their pet out of the United Kingdom. The laws were incredibly strict and anybody who did proceed with the process were forced to take numerous precautions that generally resulted in their pet remaining in quarantine for several months after the vacation.
Fortunately, this is no longer the case. On January 1st 2012, the UK government relaxed the rules and instead referred all pet owners to the PETS scheme. The general concept of this scheme is to prevent the spread of diseases throughout Europe and while owners will have to take various precautions, they are much less drastic than they previously were.
It would be fair to say that the simplest form of the regulations relate to EU countries. For this reason, the first part of this article will focus on them. To start with, for any pet to be eligible for the PETS scheme they must be fitted with a microchip and also vaccinated against rabies. In the case of the former, this vaccination must applied no less than twenty one days prior to the date of travel. As well as this, the pet must own a pet passport – which can be sought from a vet. The average cost of this is £60 and the document will detail all of the information that is required to take a pet abroad.
For those people who wish to travel back to the UK, they must ensure that their dog receives tapeworm treatment between 24 and 120 hours prior to their scheduled time of entry to the country. Please note that this only applies to dogs, and owners will have to locate a vet abroad who can carry out the simple procedure.
While most people will be interested in the regulations regarding EU countries, the rules are slightly different for pets arriving from unlisted nations. In this case, the pet must be given a blood test at least thirty days after their rabies vaccination with the result being verified by an official European Union approved laboratory. Following on from this, the owner needs to wait three months before allowing the pet to enter the UK. It is clear to see that in these scenarios, the rules are still strict and it is difficult for owners to take their pets on long-haul journeys.
Even though these regulations may appear troublesome for some people, it is important to abide by them. The authorities have incredible powers when it comes to pets and if they are not satisfied with the passport or any other documentation, they can take the pet into quarantine or demand that it returns to the country it has just been to. For those who are traveling with guide dogs, the rules are different and one should contact the relevant authorities to seek answers.
In conclusion, those people who wish to take their pet out of the UK and to another European country should not have too many difficulties anymore. The regulations for this type of trip have been relaxed incredibly, although it should still be noted that there are various expenses such as the passport and vaccinations that need to be taken account of. Unfortunately, there are still strict regulations in relation to vacations to non-EU countries and those contemplating such a trip need to consider the consequences a long time in advance.
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