bulldogIf you have ever attempted to import a dog to the UK or to simply travel with your own, you know what a nuisance it is. According to our unofficial sources, the entry rules for pets entering the UK are about to change finally. At the moment your dog needs to be at least 9 months of age to enter the UK under the Pets Travel Scheme. Young puppies need to spend the first six months of their lives – the best period for bonding and training - in quarantine just to make sure that the required vaccinations are effective and the puppy does not carry any infectious diseases. What's happening is that the UK is falling in line with the rest of EU. Pet dogs and cats from the EU and listed third countries (see pdf below) entering the UK from 1st January 2012 will require the following:
  • Microchip
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Pre entry waiting period of 21 days after vaccination
  • Tick treatment no longer required
  • Tapeworm treatment still under consideration at European level
Pets travelling from unlisted third countries who do not meet the entry requirements will still be subject to quarantine. If the entry rules for pets entering the UK change as plannad, millions of current and future UK dog owners will feel relieved. If you'd like to know more about bringing pets into the UK after 1 January 2012 read the pdf compiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.   UPDATE!!!! July 13th, 2011

It is official! Bringing pets into the UK after 1 January 2012 will be simplified