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DEFRA regulations for pet passports

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I expect a lot of you will be thinking of travelling with your pets this year. We are heading to Holland in a couple of weeks so thought it would be a good moment to check on the rules for the EU Pet Passport. After raiding the archive we have brought out this programme in which Expatsradio.com talks to Chief Veterinary Officer for DEFRA, Nigel Gibbens, about the new regulations for travelling abroad with your pets. He explains the changes to regulations which came into force in January 2012 and tells us that taking your pet abroad is not to be taken lightly.
He goes through the steps for a successful passport application and what we need to ensure before we return. Here are the steps for those entering the Uk from an EU or listed non-EU country:
a) Have your pet microchipped – Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.
b) 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. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.
c) Get pet travel 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 or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).
d) Tapeworm treatment – (dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland or Malta).
e) 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 or territory travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
For further information please visit the DEFRA site at: www.defra.gov.uk
If you have any pet questions, please write to us
Our Expatsradio.com vet will be with us shortly to make a sires of programmes about pet care and treatments for illnesses.

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