The first faltering step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently includes a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you have 3 choices:
You may bring your personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you’ll enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they’ve scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can nevertheless be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is a suitable kind of identification as long as it was presented with ahead of July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The very first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and it also must be a 12 months vaccine.
All vaccinations that are administered after the primary vaccination are called booster vaccinations.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the principal rabies vaccination should be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:
the prior vaccination was administered following a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination hadn’t expired when the booster was given.
The United Kingdom does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as an enhancement, much less a primary vaccination. You are able to speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not needed for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, and one other entry requirements are met.
If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must watch for a minimum of 30 days after vaccination before getting a rabies titer test (see step #3).
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air should be housed within an IATA approved kennel which is ideal for the size of your dog being transported. Food and water should also be included in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) will be allowed to do yourself.