Please note that all of the information in this blog is correct as of July 2023.

Travelling to Europe from the UK with your beloved pets requires a few additional steps, in this blog post, we aim to provide you with the relevant information for your journey or to point you in the right direction for the information.

Traveling to Europe from the UK with dogs or cats

There are three things to bear in mind when travelling with your dogs and/or cats from the UK into Europe via Calais.

No. 1: Your dog/cat must be microchipped.

No. 2: Your dog/cat will need a pet passport or animal health certificate

If you have an EU pet passport for your dog/cat that was issued before the 1st of January 2022 they will be accepted for entry to the UK, but it will not give your dog/cat access from the UK to Europe

If your dog/cat is traveling from the UK into Europe or your EU Pet Passport was issued after the 1st of January 2022, then you will need an Animal Health Certificate.

No. 3: Your dog/cat will need to be vaccinated against rabies.

Your dog/cat must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination. The vaccine name, manufacturer, and vaccination date (valid from and expiry date) must be recorded in the relevant space of the Animal Health Certificate or EU Pet Passport by a registered vet. The vet’s signature and stamp or vet details are mandatory).

Traveling to Europe from the UK with birds and reptiles

When traveling with birds and reptiles, you need to have a veterinary certificate for each pet.

A veterinary certificate is a health certificate document for domestic pets (other than dogs, cats, ferrets) from a non-EU country to EU.

This form must be completed by a vet within 10 days of travel, and can be used to travel to and from the UK and France.

Helpful Information

Gov.UK has lots of information regarding travelling abroad with your pets, here is a direct link:

When traveling to Europe from the UK, via Calais, then chances are you will be travelling via the Eurotunnel. Eurotunnel has a wealth of information on its website, check it out here:

Another good resource is the Schengen Visa website itself, direct link here:

And, of course, you can check out our pet compliance travel checklist right here.

For assistance traveling to Europe with your beloved pets, get in touch with the team here at Super Pet Travel. We can help make the process as simple as possible for you and your family.

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