What is the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)?
Whether you are a seasoned traveller who would love to share your holidays and adventures with your dog, or moving abroad to live and need to take you dog or cat with you – the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is for you! Prior to this scheme, animals were forced to spend long periods of time in quarantine when returning to the UK…but all this has changed allowing them to travel as easily as you using a Passport booklet.
Who is qualified to issue Pet Passports?
Vets must have special training to be allowed to issue passports. These vets are called Official Veterinarians (OV). At Crown Vets, Fort WIlliam all of our full time vets have received this training and are available to discuss any aspect of the Pet Passport Scheme.
What are the conditions of the scheme?
Your animal must be micro-chipped and vaccinated against Rabies (an infectious disease present in some European countries). For travel in the EU you must wait 21 days after the vaccination (or the last of the primary course of vaccinations) before your pet can enter another EU or listed country. This is because your pet isn’t protected against rabies until 21 days after its' rabies vaccination. For further information on requirements for travelling with your pet please click here
How far in advance should I prepare?
As the process of issuing the passport can take several weeks it is important to discuss you plans with us as early as possible. If you wish to be able to travel readily without any constraints it is advised to begin preparing 8-9 months in advance.
How do I get started?
To discuss your individual requirements and get started contact our surgery to arrange an appointment with a vet. You can either contact us on 01397 702727 or send us and email.
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