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All abroad? Don’t forget your dog’s passport.

At home, your dog is probably part of the family, so you may feel sad leaving your pet behind when you’re going abroad on holiday. Having a pet passport means your dog can go to EU countries with you. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance and pet health advisors, vetfone®, outline the pet passport application process and some pet travel precautions.

For owners, it’s great news that they can take their dogs to EU and other listed countries – see for the full list. Here are some things to do when applying for a pet passport. It’s important to get your timing right when planning to take your dog abroad and you’ll need to take the following steps in exactly this order:

1. Get your dog micro-chipped and ensure details are registered and up to date.

2. Get your dog vaccinated against rabies after microchipping but well in advance of your trip. You must wait 21 days after the vaccination (or the last of the primary course of vaccinations) before your pet can enter another EU or non-EU listed country.

Why the wait? Your dog isn’t protected against rabies until 21 days after its rabies vaccination. Vaccination day counts as day zero not day one. For example, if you have your dog vaccinated on 1st April the earliest it can travel is 22nd April. Your dog’s pet passport should be issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV) and most practices have one or will help you find one.

Your dog’s passport will hold your personal details, including your name and address, plus a description of your pet, the microchip number, date of chipping and where the chip is located. Details and date of the rabies vaccination are also included.

If your dog already has a passport, remember to get regular boosters. The last thing you want is to be stranded abroad because your dog’s rabies vaccination has expired.

Before you return from abroad, it’s important to remember that no less than one day but no more than five days before re-entering the UK, you’ll need to have your dog treated for tapeworm by a vet in the country you’re staying in.

So if it’s bon voyage for you and your dog, what if they feel off colour or get into a scrape while abroad? Vetfone® advise that before you book any trips, make sure that your insurance policy covers your pet for travelling abroad. With any new Standard or Extra Pet Insurance policy from Tesco Bank, Pet Travel Cover is included, as a standard benefit.

It might be reassuring for you to know that as a standard benefit with every Tesco Bank Pet Insurance policy, you get 24/7 telephone access to vetfone® and their team of nurses qualified with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. So if you have any questions about taking your pet abroad, or are simply needing advice about your pets health, you can give them a call to discuss this.

vetfone® is provided by Vetsdirect ltd.


Though no longer part of the Pet European Travel Scheme requirements, it is good practice to treat your pets against ticks in an effort to prevent the spread of dangerous tick- borne diseases. Some species of ticks that are found in Europe are not currently found in the UK.

Other parasites

Mosquitoes can carry heartworm, which can cause fatal disease in your pet. Sandflies transmit Leichmania, which can cause skin problems as well as liver and kidney disease. Speak with your vet about effective preventative treatments before you travel.

Travel out of the EU

Pets coming from outside the EU or a listed country will need to meet stricter criteria. Visit for the latest requirements for the country in question. If your pet is being shipped, the transport company may also need a statement to say that your pet is fit to travel. You can get this from your vet. Check with your carrier well in advance of your travel date about any other documents that may also be needed.

For more information, please seek veterinary advice.

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