If you are driving to Europe and want to take your pet cat, dog (or ferret!) with you, the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is designed to avoid long quarantine periods when you return to the UK. Working guide dogs and hearing dogs are also covered by the scheme.
The scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other animal diseases from Europe to the UK, while still allowing pets to travel. Normally, all rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK have to spend six months in quarantine, unless they arrived under and meet all the conditions of PETS.
All European (EU) countries and some outside the EU have joined PETS and has become the norm for traveling with pets, avoiding the previous long quarantine.
You can check details and the full procedure for preparing your pet on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.
To be eligible for PETS, your cat, dog or ferret must:
Cats and dogs must also:
You must also ensure that your pet: