pet passport and pet export


The UK may leave the EU on the 31st October. Until such time, it is not certain whether we can continue to issue pets with passports as these are EU passports and we will no longer be part of the EU.

It is possible that if we leave the EU without a deal that your pets passport will no longer be valid at all and to travel you may need to have a rabies vaccine, followed by a blood test, a wait of three months and then an export health certificate every time you travel.

As soon as we have more information, we will let you know. If you plan to travel to the EU before Brexit and to return after 31st October 2019, please contact DEFRA for more information to prevent any problems at the border.

For more information please contact DEFRA or the Gov.UK website about pet travel.


Many people want to take their pets with them on holiday and here at Palmerston we can advise on getting a Passport.

For guidance, it is good to visit

It is imperative that you abide by the rules to allow you to bring your pet back into the UK on your return from Europe without them going into lengthy quarantine.

Your pet will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies three weeks before the Passport is valid.  It must also be wormed 24 to 72 hours before return to the UK. Go to the website for full details.

Apart from rabies, your pet is at risk of other disease while abroad including Leishmaniosis, which is transmitted by sand flies to dogs. Heartworm, as the name suggests, is a parasitic worm which lives in the heart of the animal while Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis are both tick-borne diseases.

Prevention is always better than cure so please talk to us if you are going abroad and we will advise on the best course of action.