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Pet Microchip

The first step to ready your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet currently includes a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:

You will bring your own personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire concerning whether they have scanners that can read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can 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).

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A tattoo is a suitable kind of identification as long as it was presented with just before July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies following the tattoo was applied.

Rabies Vaccination

All dogs, cats and ferrets must have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.

The very first rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it must certanly be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and in addition it should be a one year vaccine.

All vaccinations that are administered after the principal 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 primary rabies vaccination must certanly be administered no earlier than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.

There’s no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:

the prior vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the last vaccination had not 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 a booster, much less a principal vaccination. You can get hold of your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.

If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country, it must wait for at the least 30 days after vaccination before receiving a rabies titer test (see step #3).

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