Getting a Doggy Passport - Updated - All the latest information....

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Getting a Pet Passport for your dog is easier than you may think! 

Organising a family holiday is always quite exciting and should be an enjoyable part of the experience. When we say the family, we, of course, mean everyone, including our four-legged companions. The variety of places to visit with our dogs would have, at some point in the past been restricted to home shores and even then accommodation options were very slim.

However, holidays abroad with our dogs have in recent years have become so much easier to organise. This is partly down to the ease of getting an Pet Passport.

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Change is happening, and for the better. Many holiday accommodation owners are opening their doors to the mounting requests coming from the thousands of dog owners, who wish to include all members of the family on their getaways abroad.

Travelling on holiday to other European countries with your dog is so easy these days. But finding good dog-friendly accommodation en-route is really important. Our new website will aim to provide a great range of dog-friendly accommodation, bars and cafes that you can easily find on, helping you to fulfil all your holiday needs. New accommodation being added daily.

Long before you wish to travel to Europe and beyond with your dog, you’ll have to arrange to get a pet passport. The process can be pretty straightforward, but don’t leave these arrangements to the last minute, as each case may be different and this will determine the time it will take to receive your Pet Passport. 


Present 2020 Arrangements

Your dog will require to have vaccination treatments administered and blood tests carried out to ensure the vaccination treatments have been effective. This process is not quick and takes time. Government advise that you need to approach a Vet that can issue a Pet Passport at least four months prior to the date you expect to travel if your dog is travelling abroad for the first time.   

A pet passport can be issued by any Official Veterinarian and will cost around £115-£150 depending on where you go. 

The current costs of the Pet Passport includes:

  • The Passport itself, which is an official government document that contains all the details in relation to your dog, your dog's vaccinations and the Official Vets details who administered the vaccination treatments. 
  • The cost of the Rabies vaccination treatment. The Rabies vaccination can only be given to dogs proved to be more than 12 weeks old; the treatment is best to be administered at least 21 days prior to travel, otherwise, this may prevent re-entry, where your dog may end up in quarantine. It's all about the timing.
  • A microchip that that holds all the pet passport details of your dog. The microchip must be administered at the same time as the Rabies vaccination, otherwise, the vaccination will have to be administered again if
    they are not done at the same time.

Dogs travelling back to the UK must be treated for tapeworm. The purchase of tapeworm treatment must be purchased from an Official Vet and this must be marked in the pet passport prior to travelling. The treatment must be administered at least 24 hours before return to the UK but not more than 120 hours. Dog owners are advised to treat their dogs again at least 28 days after returns to the UK.

The main takeaway point fro this post is that you must plan well in advance of any travel to ensure your doggy gets their passport in time for their holidays.

Possible Future Arrangements from Jan 1st 2021

As you will be aware, the UK's departure from the EU, means that from January 1st 2021 the EU Pet Passport issued in the UK will no longer be valid. Future EU/UK government arrangements have as yet still to be finalised for taking your dog/pet to the UK or other European countries. Undoubtedly, once arrangements have been finalised, this will mean changes to, the official papers required by other countries/EU/UK for taking your pet abroad and possibly the vaccination processes required prior to dog/pet travel.   

We will update this post as and when news arrives of future arrangements.

For all the latest government developments, please visit - Taking Your Pet To Europe/Taking Your Pet To The UK.  


(This post was first published in April 2019. Reviewed June 2020)


NOTE - Information contained in this article was accurate at the time of publishing and should be used for guidance only. Whilst we make every effort to keep our information up to date, public information is constantly changing and therefore, no responsibility will be accepted if this information becomes out of date or which warrants this information to be inaccurate.

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