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Bringing pets to the UK

Pet Travel  SchemeThis site explains what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS for short) without putting it into quarantine. It also explains the requirements for bringing many other types of pet animals into the UK. This site also tells you about quarantine in the UK for animals that don't qualify for PETS. Printable factsheets are available for both vets and the public.

We can confirm that the current Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Bluetongue restrictions do not prohibit the import and export into the UK of your pet cat, dog or ferret.
Pets on holiday


EU Regulation on the movement of pet animals.

Travelling abroad with your pet?

  • Check that the microchip can be read before you go
  • Make sure that your pet’s paperwork is in order

Dog and Cat Travel And Risk Information (DACTARI). This is a scheme to find out about the occurrence of exotic diseases in dogs and cats in Great Britain. Find out why you should get involved.

If you need further information or advice not covered by these pages please contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline: +44 (0)870 241 1710 (Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm UK time).

Latest news

9 November 2007 - Air India, Kuwait Airways, USA Airways have commenced operating registered assistance PETS routes, and Malaysia Airlines have commenced operating commercial PETS routes into the UK. For the most up to date list of all approved routes, please visit our Routes pages.

31st October 2007 - New carrier Eastair (Charter) have announced operating PETS routes into the UK. For the most up to date list of all approved routes, please visit our Routes pages.

30th October 2007 - New carrier Air Alsie  (Charter)  have announced operating PETS routes into the UK. For the most up to date list of all approved routes, please visit our Routes pages.

23rd October 2007 - New carrier Soko Aviation  (Charter)  have announced operating PETS routes into the UK. For the most up to date list of all approved routes, please visit our Routes pages.

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Page last modified: 4 January, 2008

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