PETS is a scheme which has been brought in by which animals can travel more freely between certain overseas countries. Provided that animals entering the scheme have fulfilled certain criteria and conditions, there is no need to place the animal in quarantine conditions upon returning to the United Kingdom. This means that it is now possible to take your pet on holiday or take travelling to certain places a bit more easily.
In summary the Pet Travel Scheme provides a method of bringing your pet back into the United Kingdom without having to go through the enforced quarantine system. It is strict because at the moment the UK is lucky to be "free" of certain diseases and parasites and we would like it to stay that way!
Unfortunately not. It is only dogs, cats and ferrets; and care must be taken to respect each countries specific laws with regards certain breeds of dogs. For example you are not able to bring the following dogs into the United Kingdom under any circumstances: the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Braziliero. You should always check that your pet will be accepted in any country that you are visiting or travelling through - for example Germany is very strict about muzzling certain types of dog (English Bull Terrier for example) if they are out in public areas.
The following procedures have to be carried out in this sequence, in order to qualify for PETS.
Although now longer required for the PETS scheme, we strongly recommend that your pet has prophylactic tick treatment during their stay abroad.
The Pet-Passport allows you and your pet to travel between member countries without having to be quarantined. It also allows you to return back to the UK unhindered. You must however ensure that you have fulfilled the criteria outlined above. Failure to do so may results in your pet being quarantined upon return to the UK.
The DEFRA website is very useful and should be read thoroughly before considering taking out a pet passport. There are also useful links to the French Yellow Pages which will help you find a vet able to treat your pet for tapeworms before returning to the UK.
Please be aware that there are often a lot of subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) differences in the requirements for animals travelling to/from certain countries. Our advice to people using the PETS scheme is:
Please contact reception to find out the current costs for this service or visit the Fees section of the website.
Remember that the vet in the foreign country will also charge you for the drugs and the treatment certificate. This will obviously vary from practice to practice.
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