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How to Apply for a Pet Passport
Sunday July 3rd 2016
It used to be that if you wanted your pet to join you on a vacation abroad, you would have to endure a huge six-month period of quarantine to keep the risk of rabies and other foreign diseases from entering the UK. Thankfully, this is no longer the case and pet owners can now travel abroad with their beloved animals by simply applying for a pet passport.
These passports are limited to a maximum of five pets for EU member states, and you can apply through an online application form or by telephone (02890524622). Once you have your passport, it will remain valid for as long as you and your pets continue to meet the entry requirements.
If you are travelling or returning to the UK from an EU or non-EU listed country, you must ensure that your pet:
- Already has a microchip
- Is up to date on all of their annual vaccinations
- Has been treated for tapeworm
- Has been vaccinated against rabies
- Is at least 15 weeks old
- Has already been issued with a pet passport
If you are travelling into the EU from a non-listed country, the above travel criteria still applies, but you must also ensure that your pet has passed a rabies blood test prior to travelling back. This must be at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.