Pet passports & travel advice
Taking your pet on an overseas holiday can be a wonderful experience, however, you must get well-prepared beforehand. It’s important to book your pet in for the necessary health checks at least 2 months before your travel dates so that an official Pet Passport can be issued, and you can avoid problems when entering other countries and returning to Scotland.
Read our FAQs below to understand more about Pet Passports:
Can all veterinary surgeons issue pet passports?
No, only certain vets who have taken the extra qualification needed can issue official pet passports. At the Avenues Veterinary Centre, a number of our vets have achieved this qualification and will be happy to assist you.
When do I need to get a pet passport?
It’s recommended that you book a pet passport consultation at least 2 months in advance of your travel dates. Avoid disappointment and missed travel dates by contacting our team for advice early. Get in touch
Do I need a pet passport when travelling to the EU or back to the UK?
If you plan to travel to EU countries with your pet and back into the UK they will need a valid Pet Passport, which enables them to travel between countries without going through quarantine, in most cases.
Do I need a pet passport when travelling to non-EU countries?
Travelling to a Non-EU country may have different requirements. Take a look at the Government’s online information on pet travel, again well in advance of your travel dates.
What else does my pet need to travel abroad?
Besides a valid pet passport, your pet’s vaccinations will need to be up to date (they’ll also need a rabies vaccine), relevant blood tests and a veterinary health check carried out, and they must be microchipped. Dogs will also need tapeworm treatment. You cannot enter or exit the country until 21 days after the rabies vaccination has been given so we advise you to begin the passport process at least a couple of months in advance. This will also give us time to issue your pet’s passport.
How do I get a passport for my pet?
When you are calling our practice, please state that you are booking an appointment for a pet passport, so we can book you in with one of our vets who has the extra qualification needed.
How does Brexit affect pet passports?
Travel rules will change on January 21st, 2021, as the UK has officially left the EU. You will find up-to-date information on pet travel and how Brexit may affect it, on the .Gov website.
Contact the practice if you would like to book a pet travel consultation.