Rules for taking your dog on holiday and do they need to quarantine

Bringing your pet on vacation abroad seems like a good idea, but there are rules that you need to follow.

There have been many changes for tourists since the Covid pandemic and if you want to take your pet on a trip you need to be well prepared.

It all comes down to where you want to take them with you.

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According to the government website – It’s worth noting that you can no longer use a UK-issued pet passport to travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland.

You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.

If you are traveling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet will need:

  • A microchip

  • A valid rabies vaccination

  • An animal health certificate, unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland

  • A tapeworm treatment for dogs if you are traveling direct to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta

These requirements also apply to assistance dogs.

Before you travel, check the regulations of the country you are traveling to for any additional restrictions or requirements.

If you are arriving in an EU country or Northern Ireland, you will need to pass an entry point for travelers. You may need to provide your pet’s animal health certificate along with proof of:

You can enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if:

  • Has been microchipped

  • Has a pet passport or health certificate

  • Has been vaccinated against rabies – a blood test will also be required if you are traveling from a country not on the list

  • Dogs also typically need tapeworm treatment.


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Your pet can be quarantined for up to four months if you don’t abide by these rules – or be refused entry if you’re traveling by sea.

The owners are responsible for any fee or charge.

Bring your pet to the UK

Your pet cannot arrive in the UK more than 5 days before or after you or you will have to follow other rules.

You must use an approved route unless you are traveling within the UK or from Ireland.

You can find more information here.

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