Pet Travel Scheme
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs,
cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as
long as they meet the rules. It also means that people in the UK can take their
dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with
them to the UK. They can also, having taken their dogs, cats and ferrets to
certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need for
quarantine. The rules are to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other
The UK does not permit the import of dogs, cats and ferrets that have not been
vaccinated against rabies. Once they have reached the minimum age for
vaccination (as stated on the vaccine manufacturer's datasheet) they must be
prepared in accordance with all the requirements explained on this website,
taking account of the required order of preparation.
PETS only applies to dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between the UK and
certain countries and territories. Dogs, cats and ferrets must not have been
outside any of these countries in the 6 calendar months before entering the UK.
Before travelling, you must make sure that your pet
cats and dogs (including assistance dogs) or your ferret meets all the rules
of the Scheme.
Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under PETS may only do so on certain
sea, air and rail routes.
Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK from non-qualifying (unlisted) countries
must spend 6 months in
quarantine on arrival.
Introduction to the European Regulation on the movement of pet animals.
PETS certificates and transitional arrangements - dogs and cats.
European countries - dogs & cats
Non European countries - dogs & cats
PETS: Contact details
You can get more information about the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and quarantine
by contacting Defra: PETS helpline
||+44 (0)870 241 1710 (Monday to Friday - 8.30am to
5pm UK time)
||+44 (0) 1245 458749
(please enclose your postal address and a day time telephone number)
State Veterinary Service