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New pet passport rules from 2012

Monday July 4th 2011

The Government has announced that new rules designed to make it easier to travel abroad with pets will be introduced at the beginning of next year.

Currently, if a pet has to be taken abroad, it will have to spend six months in quarantine from the date of its blood test, in addition to a pet passport and an anti-rabies vaccination.

However, the practice of quarantining will no longer be necessary under the new rules, which will come into force on January 1, 2012.

All pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies.

As per the new rules, pets from the EU and non-risk countries such as the US and Australia will not require a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before they travel.

This will make it easier for Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and other Europeans to take their pets to the UK.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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