What is the Pet Travel Scheme in 2022?

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The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows Dogs, Cats and Ferrets to freely travel among the EU Member countries without quarantine under a simplified system with a “Pet Passport.”  A pet passport contains all the necessary for your Pet to travel.

What are the Requirements for a Pet Passport for the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)?

Dogs, Cats and Ferrets Must Have the Following: 

1. A 15 Digit/Universal Microchip implanted and containing all your Pet’s current vaccinations. Some countries may allow another microchip type; however, under the simplified system, the Universal 15 Digit is the most commonly used and accepted.

See all requirements: Microchips for Pets-Everything You Need to Know for Travel

2. Your Pet Must be Vaccinated against Rabies. You will need to wait 21 days after the Rabies vaccination prior to arrival at your destination.

For the Rabies blood test, some countries need evidence that your pet’s rabies vaccination is effective. This requires a rabies blood test (Rabies Titer Test).

Your Pet’s blood sample will be taken by a vet and send to an approved laboratory for testing. Your Pet’s blood must contain at least 0.5 IU/ml of the rabies antibody. Normally, you will then need to wait 3 months before traveling.

Your Pet’s blood sample must contain at least 0.5 IU/ml of the rabies antibody. Normally, you will then need to wait 3 months before traveling.

The Rabies vaccination record must be current and stored on the microchip. Your Pet may need a booster shot if the vaccination will be out-of-date on the day of arrival or your Pet was vaccinated prior to implantation of the microchip.

The Rabies vaccine should be administered by a veterinarian a minimum of 21 days before travel. Some countries may differ, always check with your local veterinarian for the procedures to follow. You will need an EU Pet Passport or EU Health Certificate from your Veterinarian.

3. Additional vaccinations – some countries will require additional vaccinations, such as those against distemper, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvovirus, Bordetella and hepatitis.

4. If your Pet is traveling to England/UK, Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta, a Veterinarian with a Tapeworm Treatment must also treat your Dog.

You cannot administer the treatment yourself. OTC treatments are not accepted. The Tapeworm treatment must be administered between 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before your Dog’s arrival.

5. Your Pet must have a Health certificate – many countries require a veterinarian’s letter or certificate confirming that your pet is fit and healthy to travel and has no obvious signs of disease. See Step by Step Instructions for Pet Passports for Your Country HERE

Some Countries require your Pet’s Health Certificate to be approved (endorsed) by the Government. For example, for the US  your Health Certificate must have their health certificates endorsed by the USDA and issued by a USDA Veterinarian. See All the Steps with Details and Links at Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates


What are the EU Member Countries?

AustriaEstoniaHungaryNetherlands
AzoresFaroe IslandsIrelandPoland
Balearic IslandsFinlandItalyPortugal
BelgiumFranceLatviaReunion
BulgariaFrench GuianaLithuaniaRomania
Canary IslandsGermanyLuxembourgSlovakia
CeutaGibraltarMadeiraSlovenia
CyprusGreeceMaltaSpain
Czech RepublicGreenlandMartiniqueSweden
DenmarkGuadeloupeMelilla
Pet Travel to Europe with the Pet Travel Scheme and a Pet Passport EU Member Countries

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows Dogs, Cats and Ferrets to freely travel among the EU Member countries without quarantine under a simplified system with a “Pet Passport.”  A pet passport contains all the necessary for your Pet to travel.

Documents Needed for Moving or Flying with Pets Internationally

  • Microchip Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Health Certificate. For International Pet Travel, you may need more than 1 Health Certificate–Some transit countries require their own Certificates.
  • Rabies Titer Test results
  • Parasite Treatment certificate—Often Deworming
  • This is just a guide on what is required, please check the requirements for your specific airline and destination country at our page: Pet Passports and Pet Health Certificates.

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