How to Get an EU Pet Passport for Your Dog or Cat

How to Get an EU Pet Passport for Your Dog or Cat

If you are a pet owner in France, your pet is entitled to an EU pet passport. This document serves not only as your pet’s health and vaccination record, but it will enable you to travel hassle-free between countries of the EU, as well as the UK.

To Obtain an EU Passport Your Pet Must Be:

  • Microchipped with an ISO standard microchip, prior to rabies vaccination.
  • Vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine, the microchip having been read by a vet just prior to giving the vaccine. The passport can now be issued BUT the Pet Passport is not activated for travel purposes until four weeks after the vaccine.

Validity of Your Pet’s EU Passport

The pet passport has an expiry date which is linked to the rabies vaccination. If the date of rabies vaccination is missed – even by one day – then the pet passport is invalidated and only becomes active three weeks after the rabies revaccination date.

Travelling to the UK with an EU Pet Passport

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows the entry of pets from certain countries into the UK, without passing through quarantine, using an EU pet passport. Your pet must travel on an authorised route with an approved transport company.

Cats and ferrets can return to the UK with no veterinary treatment or health check. Dogs can come back into the UK provided that 24-120 hours (1-5 days) prior to check-in for the return journey, a vet treats your pet against tapeworm (with a product containing praziquantel), signing and stamping the passport appropriately.

Your pet must not have been outside any of the PETS qualifying countries in the three months before it enters the UK. If it has then other regulations apply – see the defra website for details.

Before Travelling to the UK, you are responsible for:

  • Checking the identity of your pet by scanning with a microchip reader.
  • Checking the pet passport presented relates to your pet, is valid and shows that your pet has successfully been vaccinated for rabies,
  • Checking that treatment for tapeworm has been carried out.If you do not have the correct documentation, or the 24-120 hour limit is not respected, your pet will not be allowed back into the UK without going through quarantine, or re-treating against tapeworm.

Pet Passports After Brexit

All dogs living in the EU may still use an EU Pet Passport to enter the UK after Brexit, and the rules for doing so have not changed. However, UK pets are now no longer able to use the Pet Passport Scheme. This means that UK-issued Pet Passports are no longer valid and vets in the UK can no longer issue EU Pet Passports. See our article on Pet Passports and Travel After Brexit for the rules for UK pets to travel to France.

•With thanks to Diana James

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  • mkmb2006
    2016-01-14 21:35:17
    How do I find out about bringing my pet from the US to France?


    • Sylvia Davis
      2016-01-15 08:42:32
      Sylvia Davis
      Hi Mkmb2006, thanks for your question. Here is a link to the information currently offered by the French Embassy in the US, listing the requirements to bring your pet to France: Hope that helps!