Pet travel

Travelling with your pet? We’ve created a simple guide to help you keep your pet safe when you travel.
Our ‘Taking Your Pets Abroad’ leaflet includes:

  • A pre-travel checklist
  • Advice on how to prevent common diseases transmitted by insects and ticks
  • A guide to the Pet Travel Scheme*

Start preparing for your trip now by downloading our leaflet:
Taking your pets abroad.pdf

Changes to the pet travel scheme came into effect on 29 December 2014. The changes are designed to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase levels of compliance and improve the security and traceability of the pet passport.

What's changing?

  1. A new style pet passport to make it harder to tamper with the details. If you already have a valid passport for your pets you do not have to get a new one.
  2. Introduction of checks across the EU
  3. A new minimum age for rabies vaccination - from 29 December 2014 your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before you can get it vaccinated against rabies for the purposes of pet travel.
  4. New additional rules if you are travelling with more than FIVE pets. 
  5. New requirements for pets entering the UK/EU by air
  6. Clearer definition of cat, dog and ferret to make sure that wild animals cannot be moved under rules designed for pet travel.
  • Felis silvestris catus – domestic cat
  • Mustela putorius furo – ferret
  • Canis lupis familiaris – domestic dog

For full details of the changes visit WWW.GOV.UK. We've updated our leaflet to relfect the changes and print copies are available to order. Email your address and how many copies you need to Leaflets are free but we appreciate donations to help us with the costs of production and postage.

Animal Welfare Act

Do you understand your legal responsibilities if you have a pet or look after animals?

more pet education info

We're working with other animal welfare charities and organisations to educate children about caring for animals 

Thinking of buying a puppy?

Use the AWF/RSPCA Puppy Contract