Travelling To Europe With Your Dog
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows you to travel with your dog to European Union countries from within the United Kingdom.
To be allowed to travel your pet must:
If you don’t follow these rules your dog won’t be allowed to travel with you. It is important to remember to also follow these rules when returning to the UK with your pet. Failure to do so may result in your dog being quarantined for up to four months and you will be responsible for all fees that occur.
Worm and Rabies Treatment
You will need to plan ahead for vaccinations. Rabies jabs must be administered at least 21 days before your departure date and the date will be recorded on the dog’s microchip. Your vet should also make a record of the shot on the dog’s vaccination record.
If you’re travelling to, or returning from, a non-EU country, then a local veterinarian will also need to declare that the dog is fit and healthy to travel by providing an Export Certificate.
Check if the Travel Company Accepts Pets
Most low budget carries such as easyJet and Ryanair do not allow pets or any live animals to be taken onto their planes. Therefore, it is very important to find out if the airline or ferry company you are travelling with accept pets before you book tickets.
Many countries, including all EU countries, have pre-approved companies that they will only accept live cargo from. This is called the Approved Routes list.