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Microchips are required for every pet that you wish to take abroad.

A rabies vaccination will need to be administrated to your pet once a microchip has been inserted. This can be done during the same consultation. Your pet can travel to Europe 21 days after the rabies vaccination, with the day of the vaccine being day 0. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before they can have the rabies vaccine.

To re-enter the UK from Europe, tapeworm treatment must be administered to your pet, by a vet, 24-120 hours before return.

The expiry date for each Passport will be the date that a rabies vaccination booster is required (boosters are required every 3 years).

Please go to www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad for further information

How do I arrange these steps?
Please contact your local Severn Veterinary branch to arrange an appointment.

The regulations relating to pet passports, can and do change. We advise that you check with DEFRA and the relevant authorities of the countries you intend to travel to with your pet, to make sure you are aware of any changes in the regulations and specific local regulations.

Brexit and changes to the pet passport requirements

With the ever changing political situation surrounding Brexit you may need to be aware of the implications for travelling abroad with your pet in the event of a no-deal exit from the European Union.

If this happens your pet will need to meet the following requirements in order to travel to EU member countries:

  1. They have a microchip which has been checked by a vet.
  2. They have had at least one rabies vaccination.
  3. They have a blood test to show that they have sufficient antibodies to rabies. This must have been performed on or after 30 days after the rabies vaccination, but as soon as practical after 30 days to give the best chance of passing the test. They can travel 3 months after a successful test.
  4. They need to be seen by an Official Veterinarian within 10 days prior to travel (no sooner) when they will receive a Health Certificate authorising travel. Please ensure your practice has an Official Veterinarian available when you book your appointment.


If your pet is already microchipped and had received their vaccination for rabies previously, they still need to have a blood test and possibly an additional vaccination. Please discuss this with your vet.

Regular booster vaccination is required according to the manufacturers recommendation and your needs. Please discuss this with your vet.

If you require any additional information or would like to discuss planned travel with your pet, please contact your practice. Alternatively further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit