What is a pet passport?
A pet passport
is the name given to the record of all the procedures and treatments your pet has had which allows them to travel abroad.
Before you travel you'll need to make sure that your pet has a rabies vaccination and it is still current. If your pet needs to be vaccinated, they won't be able to travel until after the vaccination has taken effect, at least 21 days after it is administered.
You may also need to make sure your pet takes preventative treatment for tapeworm before they come back to the UK. Plus, it's a good idea to protect your pet against harmful biting insects like ticks and sand flies.
Speak to your vet before you go. They can let you know what treatments your pet will need depending on which countries you plan to travel to.
Why do I need a pet passport?
Pet passports and the Pet Travel Scheme were introduced to allow freedom of movement for domestic pets between countries, particularly in the EU.
However, some diseases that occur overseas are not common in the UK, so the scheme has rules that reduce the risk of diseases such as rabies, coming to the UK.
Without a pet passport, or a third-country official veterinary certificate, which proves your pet has the necessary vaccinations and treatment, you won't be able to bring your animal back in to the UK.
If you don't follow the rules about travelling abroad with your pet, they could be put in to quarantine or refused entry if they travel by sea. And you'll need to pay the quarantine or kennel costs during this time.
Fortunately, LV= will provide cover towards the cost of quarantining your pet
if you lose your pet passport or if your pet's microchip fails.
How do I get a pet passport?
Many vets will be able to provide you with a pet passport. If your local vet doesn't issue pet passports, they'll be able to refer you to one that does.
You'll need to take along all the evidence you have that your pet has been vaccinated and treated accordingly. And proof that your pet is microchipped.
A pet passport will cost roughly around £200
, plus the costs of any treatments and vaccinations your pet needs. This may seem like a lot of money, but when you compare it to the cost of kennelling your pet over several holidays, it can look more affordable.
Once your pet has a pet passport, it stays in place for the rest of their life. There's no need to renew it unless they travel extensively and fill it up.
Five top tips when travelling with your pet
- Get your pet used to their travel carrier before you leave. Or if your dog is travelling in the boot of the car try to leave it room to stand up and lie down comfortably.
- Make sure your dog wears an identification tag at all times. Update the tag with the contact details of your holiday destination.
- Try to exercise your dog and give it an opportunity to go to the toilet before a long journey.
- Check your pet insurance to make sure your pet is covered when overseas.
- Make regular stops if you can to let your pet stretch their legs. Make sure there is always water available to drink.