UK Pet Travel Rules


For an animal to enter (or return to) the UK as part of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and thus avoid quarantine, the following procedures must be carried out in the stated order:

1) Animal is micro-chipped,

2) It is vaccinated against rabies

3) A blood sample is taken and sent to a European Union (EU) approved laboratory for testing. If the required level of antibodies is reached, the animal may enter the UK 6 calendar months after the date that the sample was drawn, assuming that all other rules of the Scheme are met.

Please note that steps 2 and 3 above must be carried out in a PETS qualified country.
Further to this, pets must be treated against ticks and tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before checking in with a PETS authorised carrier (on a PETS approved route), for the journey that brings the pet into the UK.
For further information on how to prepare your pet for export to the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), including documentary requirements, please see link below:

The Spanish rules for entrying with a dog/cat are, as you can see below, more or less the same as in the UK. However there are a couple of things to take notice about:

1)    Animal is micro-chipped or tattood
2)    It is vaccinated against rabies:
They do not allow dogs/cats that are less than 3 months old, due to the lacking of the rabies vaccine
3)    Pet passport: it is important it shows
•    who the owner is
•    description of the dog/cat

You can read more about and or down load the spanish (EU) rules on the oficial spanish site ”Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino”:
Please be advised that it is a UK requirement that pets enter the UK as 'manifest cargo'.
This allows the carrier to log the presence of a pet on board the flight and further provides documentary evidence of this.  By doing so, UK portal staffs are made aware of a pet's presence on board a flight and can thus ensure full PETS checks are carried out prior to export, in line with requirements and again upon entry of the pet into the UK.


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