Quarantine rules changed

If you wish to return to the UK from Spain with your pet you need to be aware of the changes to the UK pet entry rules that will come into effect on January 1, 2012.

Pet owners with pets entering quarantine from July 3, 2011 to December 31, 2011 may be able to have their pet released from quarantine before the six month quarantine period has elapsed, if they have prepared their pets to meet EU rules.

For your pet to enter the UK, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

• Is it microchipped?
• Is your pet currently vaccinated against rabies?
• Was it vaccinated after it was microchipped?
• Have you got an EU Pet Passport or Official Veterinary Health Certificate from your vet certifying the microchip and vaccination?
• Have 21 days passed since it was vaccinated?
• Are you travelling into the UK with your pet on an approved route?

You are responsible for ensuring your pet meets all the rules for entering the UK.

Requirements for tapeworm treatment are to be confirmed, so you are advised to check the Defra website prior to travel. Tick and tapeworm treatment is still advised. It is best for your health and that of your pet to treat it for ticks and tapeworm before returning to the UK. Consult your vet for further advice.

To find out more details go to the website for the latest and comprehensive details on the rules for pet travel into the UK.

Website: www.defra.gov.uk/pets Email: pettravel@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk Helpline: +44 (0)870 241 1710

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