The EU Pets Travel Scheme
Travelling to Spain from the UK With Your Pets
The EU Pet Travel Scheme allows the transport of domestic pets between member states of the EU. In the UK it allows the import of domestic animals without the need to enter quarantine. Suited to most domestic animals, it makes moving you and your beloved pets to Spain much easier just so long as you prepare in advance.
In the UK your local veterinary surgery should be DEFRA registered to allow for the examination of your pet and the issue of the appropriate documentation before departure for Spain. If you are in any doubts, ask your local vet for more information. Moving your pets to Spain is very easy and can be stress free for your animals.
What Type of Pets Can Travel Under the EU Pets Travel Scheme?
Currently the EU Pet Travel Scheme encompasses pet dogs, domestic cats, and ferrets. Up to five animals may travel together under the scheme. The Pet Travel Scheme cannot be used for F1 Hybrid cats (eg: Ocicats, Toygers), or for dogs that would usually be expected to live completely wild, such as wolves, coyotes, foxes, and jackals.
Getting Ready to Leave the UK: Things to Do
No later than three weeks before your intended date of travel your pet needs to be seen by a DEFRA approved vet. All animals travelling are required to meet the following standards:
- Your pet must be microchipped and this must be done before your pet gets a rabies vaccination.
- Your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies. You must wait 21 days from the date of the vaccination before travelling. The day of vaccination counts as day 0 and not day 1.
- Your pet must have a pet passport issued by a DEFRA registered veterinary practice.
Planning Your Journey to Spain: Approved Routes
You can only use certain transport companies and travel routes to leave the United Kingdom. Check the routes before you travel as they can change or may only operate at certain times of the year. Check the UK Government website for the latest list of approved routes and animal transportation companies.
Guidance for Entry of Pets in to the United Kingdom
Should your pet need to return to the UK for any reason you must obtain a Certificate of Examination before you leave Spain to prove that your animal is fit and healthy. The Clinical Examination section of the EU pet passport must be completed by an authorised veterinary practitioner.
In addition, dogs must be treated for tapeworm and the details must be recorded in the pet passport every time you want to enter the UK. The treatment must have been given within 1 and 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before you’re going to enter the UK.