Pet Passport

Planning for travel abroad

Pet PassportMake sure your pet has a passport at least one month before you take them abroad

Similarly to you, your pet must be in good health and have a valid passport to travel abroad; it can also take a short while for their travel documents to be drawn up. Therefore, if you intend to take your animal abroad, allow at least one month before your departure to acquire the necessary paperwork. Some areas of the world may require longer preparation, so contact us as soon as you know you are going away.

Before your pet goes on holiday there are several things that must be done:

Microchip: Your pet must be microchipped to enter another country. For more information visit our microchipping page.

Vaccination: Your pet will have to be vaccinated against rabies - a fatal disease - before they travel. Your pet will most likely only require one vaccination every 3 years to produce enough antibodies to protect them from the condition.

Assessment: For a few countries a health certificate is required, but for most areas of the world this is not a requirement. If needed, one of our veterinary surgeons will conduct a thorough examination of your pet ensuring that they are fit and healthy. They will then check that your furry friend has been treated for parasites (both internal and external) before making sure they’re not carrying any harmful conditions that could be passed on to other animals. Finally a health certificate & fitness to travel permit will be issued.

Authorisation: One of our vets who is authorised by DEFRA will issue your pet with a passport once they’re happy your furry friend is safe to travel.


Your pet will need to see a local vet to be given a dose against tapeworm 5 days prior to your return to the UK. This needs to be certified in your pet’s passport.


If you would like more information about the requirements your pet must meet to travel, or to begin the process of acquiring a passport for your pet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To have your pet cared for by our highly recommended team at The Mewes Veterinary Clinic, give us a call on 01444 456886 or send us an email to If your pet requires emergency care out of practice hours, call our referral service PETS Brighton on 01273 566 993.



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