From 1st of January 2012 all pet dogs, cats and ferrets (including guide and hearing dogs) can enter or reenter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from.

Animals which do not meet all the rules must be licensed into quarantine until they are compliant.  They might then be able to obtain early release if they can be shown to comply with necessary pet travel requirements.

The requirements needed, depend on what kind of animal is brought in and from which country they are entering the UK. In any case pets need to be micro chipped, have travel documents, certain vaccinations, some need tapeworm treatment and all pets must enter the UK with an approved transport company on an authorized route.

For detailed information on which rules need to be followed and which requirements need to be achieved please see:

What you need to do if you are entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries

Preparing your dog, cat or ferret

  1. Step 1 – Have your pet microchipped – Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.
  2. Step 2 – Have your pet vaccinated – After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination. For the purposes of calculating the waiting period, the date that the vaccination was carried out is counted as day 0.
  3. Step 3 – Get pet travel documentation – For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).
  4. Step 4 – Tapeworm treatment – (dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. No treatment is required for dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway).
  5. Step 5 – Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route – Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country or territory travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route

If you prefer to have a Company organizing the move of your cat for you, you might consider contacting e-mail: