The pet travel rules are changing and the change takes place from 1 January 2012.
From the 1 January 2012 all pet dogs, cats and ferrets (including guide and hearing dogs) can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country the pet is coming from.
If they don’t meet all the rules they must be placed into quarantine. Early release is then only possible with the production of the correct documents.
This is a step forward for pet owners because previously only pets in the EU area with an up-to-date Pet Passport were able to do this. All other pets needed to go into 6-month quarantine regardless. All pets will require certain vaccinations and identification (such as microchips) and these will differ depending on where you are coming from.
Whilst a lot of people in the UK have become somewhat anxious over this development, don’t forget animals aren’t just being let in, they all require proof that they are rabies-free.
For more information on this development:
- New rules from DEFRA
- What you need to do if you are entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries
- What you need to do if you are entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries