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The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. It also means that people in the UK can take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with them to the UK. They can also, having taken their dogs, cats and ferrets to certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need for quarantine. The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases.

How to bring your pet dog or cat into or back into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

Make sure your trip goes smoothly

Countries, routes and transport companies

What vets need to do

Background information



PETS certificates and transitional arrangements -dogs and cats

European Union countries - dogs and cats

Introduction to the European Regulation on the movement of pet animals

The procedures
Have your pet microchipped

Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified.
Have your pet vaccinated

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

Arrange a blood test

After your pet has been vaccinated, it must be blood tested to make sure that the vaccine has given it a satisfactory level of protection against rabies.

Get PETS documentation

For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Gibraltar and Switzerland are also issuing passports.

Animals can also enter the UK using a PETS certificate issued before 1 October 2004 until its “valid until” date. Certificates issued on or after that date will not be acceptable for entry to the UK.

Before your pet enters the UK, it must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm

Your pet must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for its journey into the UK.

Pet dogs and cats (including guide and hearing dogs) that are resident in either the United Kingdom or one of the other qualifying (listed) countries can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the Scheme.

The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association, in partnership with other UK assistance dog organisations, Defra and a number of UK airlines has produced a set of guidelines for assistance dog owners wishing to use the Pet Travel Scheme.

Please remember that assistance dogs entering the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme must meet all of the rules of the Scheme – please refer to this site for further details about the Scheme rules or ring the PETS Helpline on 0870 241 1710.

Animals which do not meet all the rules must be licensed into quarantine. They might then be able to obtain early release if they can be shown to comply with the necessary PETS requirements.

Animals from unlisted countries must spend 6 months in quarantine on arrival in the UK.

To bring your dog or cat into the UK under PETS from one of the listed countries you must have it first microchipped, then vaccinated against rabies and then blood tested. There are no exceptions to this order of preparation apart from the exemption explained in the next sentence. If your pet is resident in France, Denmark or Sweden these procedures maybe done in a different order.

There are no requirements for pets travelling directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

This page gives a short summary of the PETS rules. Each title is a link to more detailed information. Please make sure that you have read and understood all of these pages before you bring your pet into or back into the UK. If you are bringing your pet to the UK from a non-EU listed country or territory, there is some more information that you must read.

Where PETS procedures can be carried out
Your pet can be fitted with a microchip in any country. The rabies vaccination (including boosters), blood sampling, issuing the PETS documentation and the tick and tapeworm treatment must all be carried out in the UK or any of the other qualifying countries (see below).

The six month rule for entry or re-entry to the UK
Your dog or cat may not enter the UK under PETS until six calendar months have passed from the date that your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result (see below). Once the vet has issued the PETS documentation and that six month period has passed, the PETS documentation is valid for your pet to enter the UK.

Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route

Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
Countries eligible for PETS
Listed countries
Use the appropriate checklist when preparing your pet:

EU countries
Non EU listed countries



with knowledge of the Pet Travel Scheme

The following vets have been recommended to us by past members and pet owners using the Pet Travel Scheme. If you know of a good vet abroad who knows the system well please let us know

Dr Chappey, 47 rue St Charles, 75015 Paris Tel: 01 40 59 04 76

Dr C Leleu, 49 rue Gabriel Peri, 02100 St Quentin Tel: 03 23 62 24 39

Dr Elbaz 9 Avenue Albert 1er, 06230 Villfefranche sur Mer Tel: 04 93 01 74 32
Dr Texler La Roseraie, 837 Avenue Janvier Passero 06210 Mandeiieu la Napoule Tel: 04 93 49 18 50
Dr Patrice De Bruyn, Domaine de Peyrebelle, 54 Chemin de Peyrebelle, 06560 Valbonne Tel: 04 93 12 20 60
Dr Butz Clinique Veterinaire du Cap Martin.9 Prominade Cap Martin, 06190 Alpes Maratine Tel: 04 93 35 41 48
Veterinaire, 815 av Jean Moulin, 82000 Montauban, Alpes Maratine Tel: 05 63 91 36 36

Clinique Veterinaires, 20 Quai Dampierre, 10000 Troyes Tel: 03 25 73 17 97
Xaviaer Cabot, 11 Bis av de Languedoc, 11300 Limoux, Aube (Excellent according to member)

3 Rue du 15 Mai 1945, 15400 Riom Es Montagne, Auvergne Tel: 71 78 08 93

Clinique Veterinaire 18 place Poulet-Malassis 61000 Alencon. Tel: 02 33 26 29 51
Clinique Veterinaire, Le Haut Gele ZA 50310 Montebourg Tel: 02 33 21 11 14
Clinique Veterinaire, 31 rue Argentre 61500 Sees Tel: 02 33 27 80 70
Dr B Savalle, SCP des Drs Veterinaires, 3 Rue Cauchoise 76270, Neufchatel-en-Braye Tel: 02 32 97 01 47
Clinique Veterinaire Andry, 3 Ave Andry 14150 Ouistreham - Riva-Bella Tel: 02 31 96 55 82
Clinique Veterinaire Daluzeau Sassolas, 10 rue Mar Foch Tel: 02 32 44 82 16

Clinique Veterinaire des Vignes, 2 Rue Bourgelat, 21200 Beaune, France Tel: 03 80 24 70 60

BRITTANY (St Malo is a Pet Travel Scheme nominated port)
Centre Veterinaire, 12 Palce Rioust des villes Audrains 22550 Matignon Tel: 02 96 41 22 05
(Situated approximately 15kms west of Dinan which is about a 35 min drive from St Malo)
Clinique Veterinaire Brlocelande, Dr Hakim, 58 Avenue du Miroir aux Fees, 35400 St Malo Tel: 02 99 81 94 51
(situated only five minutes from St Malo port (very helpful clinic, easy to find)
Michel garancher, 154 Boulevard de Verdon 35000 Rennes Tel: 02 99 54 46 48
Frederic Delattre, Dr Veterinaire, La Corderie, 56370 Sarzeau Tel: 02 97 41 90 90


Clinique Veterinaire du Camp du Drap d'Or
47 rue Commandant Queval Ardres 62610 tel 0321354003 fax 0321823033 Excellent service email

Clinique Veterinaire du parc, 73 rue Aristide Braid, 62100, Calais Tel: 03 21 34 93 88
(park in main square where there is room for even a caravan, vets is on a corner of small cobbled street, excellent service)
Bernard Alcouffe, 139 Boulevard Curie, 62100, Calais Tel: 03 21 82 15 11
Jean Debert & Dr Nowosad 138 Boulevard La Fayette 62100 Calais Tel: 03 21 36 67 96
(Dr Nowosad knows the scheme and has been recommended by a member)
Valerie Delval, 11 Place Crevecoeur 62100 Calais Tel: 03 21 00 71 00
(Highly recommended by member - speaks English if needed)
Xavier Bollart, Clinique Veterinaire de la cote d'Opale, 1288 Ave de la liberation, 62780 Cucq Tel: 03 21 94 02 56 (on D940 direction Etaples)
Dominique Florent, Villa 'La Fresnaye' Le Bad'Huit, 62280 Saint Martin-Boulogne tel: 03 21 91 10 73
Dr Christiane Petry, 1148 Boulevard du General de Gaulle, 62100 Calais Tel: 03 21 24 77 39

Dr GIlles Vandan, Bulcke la Tourterie - 16310 Montembouf. Tel 05 45 65 00 45
Dr Frederic Bouko-Levy, 23 Reu des Carmes, 17470 Aulnay de Santonge

Societe Civile Professionelle Vetrinaire, 8 Boulevard Beausoleil, 24100, Bergerac Tel: 05 53 74 43 90 Fax: 05 53 61 29 01 (used by one of our volunteers regularly)
Dr Herve Frigard 17 Avenue gard, 24290 Montignac, Dordogne Tel: 05 53 51 80 32
Clinique Veterinaire Nougaillon, Gauchot 24260, Le Bugue Tel: 05 53 07 22 04
Clinique Veterinaire 24200 Sarlat tel: 05 53 07 87 19

Clinique Veternaire Saint-Pierre, 43 Avenue Paul Chandon, 51200 Epernay tel: 03 26 54 25 25

Clinique Veternaire Daluzeau Sassolas, 10 rue Marechal Foch, Brionne, Eure tel: 02 32 44 82 16
Clinique Veternaire Francois-Xavier Deveaux, 1 Bd Normandie, Bernay, Eure tel: 02 32 43 04 00

Dr Veronique Chol, 41, Rue Aristide Briand, 77300 Fontainbleau tel: 01 60 72 65 01 (Veronique is extremely helpful and speaks excellent English)

Dr Jaquemart, 20 Avenue Alterac, 30700 Tel: 04 66 22 10 65

Dr Jubenot, 6 Route de Carcassone 31290 Villefranche de Lauragais Tel: 05 61 81 64 01

Dr Nicholas Bouton, Clinique Veterinaire, 10bis, Rue de la 1ere Armee, 68480 Ferrette, Haut Rhin Tel: 03 89 40 40 90

Clinique Veterinaire Du Nouel, 46220 Prayssac Tel: 05 65 22 46 46

Dr G. Daniel, Clinique Veterinaire, St.Elivet, 22300 Lannion, tel:02 96 37 03 07

Clinique Veterinaire des 2 Chenes: Dr Chamboredon et Hedon JM, Guilhem Bas 47600 NERAC tel 05 53 65 30 90

Clinique Veterinaire du Grand Val, Rosselli Thierry, 2 Rue de Printemps, 44700 Orvault Tel: 02 40 94 32 37 (open 0800 - 1200 1400-190000 OFF THE rn137 Nantes

Dr Andre Champagnac, 3 Rue de l'Herbier, 60510 Bresies, Picardy Tel: 03 44 07 90 12

Sylvie Cochen, 82 Rue de la Roche, 86000, Poitiers Tel: 33 549 584 398
M.Prudhomme. 14, Grand-Rue, 86700 Couche-Verac Tel: 05 49 59 20 40 (Near Poitiers, very good English spoken, parking outside the door)

Dr Hodencq, 8 Palce de la Marie , Randon, Tel: 04 70 41 51 42
Dr Christain Collin, Place du Marche, 63590 Cunlhat

Clinique Veterinaire, 69 Av De Pontaillac, 17200 Royan, Tel: 05 46 23 87 02

Dr C Debrossse, 1024 Route Nationale 74120 Tel: 04 50 21 39 50
Dr Francois Jacob 74360, Abondance, Haute Savoie (helpful) Tel: 04 50 73 05 01

Drs Obert, Von Glasenapp, 87330 Mezieres-sur-lssoire Tel: 05 55 68 31 34
Dr Van der Beek, Clinique Veteriniaire Beaulieu, 15 Rue des Freres Lumiere, 86000, Poitiers Tel: 05 49 44 24 00

Drs Agnes Lansmant Loussert & Dr Gilles Loussert, Cabinet Veterinaire de la Gare, 11bis, Rue de Verdun, 8536 La Tranche Sur Mer, Vendee Tel; 02 51 27 43 51

Dr Mark Harms, Avenue Brugmann 425, 1180 Brussels
Dr Lemmens, Rue Bemmel, Bruxelles 1150 Tel: 0032 2 762 51 02
Dr Marleen Derom, Dorpstraat 501, 3061 Leefdaal, Belgium Tel: 0032 2 767 5342
Dr I VanDeuren, Avenue du Centenaire 7, 7022 Hyon, Belgium Tel: 0032 2 767 5342

Vandenbrueane Jurgen, Dierenarts N 2937, Spoorwegstraat 95, 8200 Brugge, Belgium Tel: 0475 83 51 62
Dr Malbrancke Bernard, Moerkeresteenweg 143, 8310 St Kruis-Brugge, Belgium Tel: 050 35 73 61

Dr Steve Wright, Clinica De Veterinaria Canahm, Av. Duarte Pacheco 238-242, 8135-104 Almancil, Algarve Tel: 00351 289 395

Dr James Cagney MVB MRCVS, Cedula No.1741 Ordem dos Medicos Veterinarios, Casa Pacifico Mundo, 8600-252 Odiaxere, Lagos, Algarve (We have a small animal practice here in the western algarve. We do microchipping and pet passport papers)

Dr Riera, Clinica Canis, c/o vasco de Gama No5, 07014 Palma de Mallorca

Port Vell, Clinica Veterinaria, St Carles 20-22 08003, Barcelona Tel: 0093 221 50 69
Dr Jordi Sibon - has two clinics in Barcelona (Pedralbes and Hospitalet) Tel: 0093 609 41 56 56

Helsinge Dyreklinik (Helsinge Animal Health Centre) j Bakkegaard OG B Valling, Ostergade 35B 3200 Helsinge Tel 48 79 40 18

Dierenarts Ouderkerklaan - Just outside Amsterdam - Tel: 0031 20 641 4796 Highly recommended by a member.

Dierenkliniek Hoofdweg - Hoofdweg 46, 1058 BD Amsterdam, Tel: 020-6127398, Fax: 020-4124352, Website: (in Dutch) Highly recommended by a member. Their English is excellent.

Hans Rierink, DVM, Dierenkliniek Pietersberg, Pietersbergseweg 14 6862 BV Oosterbeek TEL: 026-3333730 (Our veterinary practice helps pet owners who want to take their animals abroad. As well our vets as our nurses speak English and German. Some speak French. We have knowledge of pet travel schemes of almost all European countries. So feel free and welcome to visit us )

Dr Christian Marks, Tierarzt, Saarallee 14, D-54470 Bernkastel-Kues Tel: 065 31 91 52 46
Speaks excellent English and his practice is very near the Bernkastel-Kues bridge over the River Mosel on the South bank of the river. His rates are very reasonable charging under 20 Euros. He has a morning and evening surgery. His email address is Bernkastel-Kues is one of the gems of Germany. It is full of half timbered houses surrounded by vineyards. It is an easy drive to Calais. Bernkastel-Kues is an ideal location to do a stop over on the way back to the UK. The Inn in the village of Monzelfeld above Bernkastel-Kues is dog friendly. The breakfast is good and the nearby farmers fields are ideal for walking your pet. Their website

Dr F Hackmann, Kaiserstrasse 34, D-470479 Dusseldorf Tel: 0049 211 49 40 19

d-r-(BG) St Stoyanov, Flurchen, 36, D-54424 Thalfang (near Trier) Tel: 06 50 43 58

MEMBERS: Please let us have the name and address of any vets you have found on your travels that we may add o this list.