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A guide to pet passports

A guide to pet passports

Pet passports allow you to take your pet pooch or friendly feline abroad, so that they can enjoy the family holiday too.

Kelly Whybrow Content Writer
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Do I need a pet passport for a guide dog or an assistance dog?

Yes. Guide dogs and assistance dogs must meet the normal rules for travelling with dogs. However, they’re allowed on more routes than other pets and can travel inside the plane cabin. 

Check with the airline, rail operator, ferry or cruise company for any extra conditions you need to know about before you travel inside or outside the EU. The Guide Dogs Association website also has advice about taking assistance dogs abroad.

Do I need a pet passport for a guide dog or an assistance dog?

How much will a pet passport cost?

Pet passports can be issued by most vets and cost £150-£250 for dogs and £25-£50 for cats. 

How long does a pet passport last?

Your pet’s passport is valid for their lifetime. (Or if your pet is a frequent flyer, until all the pages have been used.)

How do I get a pet passport?

Simply take your cat or dog to your vet. You’ll need to pay for the passport there, as well as any other procedures your vet advises. 

You’ll need to make sure:

  • Your pet is at least 12 weeks old – this is the earliest that they can be vaccinated against rabies. You need to wait at least 21 days after their vaccination before you travel.
  • Your pet has been microchipped before it has its rabies vaccination – by law, all dogs must be chipped.

Your dog will also need a tapeworm treatment no less than 24 hours and no more than five days before coming back to the UK.

How do I get a pet passport?

How many pets can I bring to the UK?

You can’t bring more than five pets to the UK unless you’re attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. You’ll need written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.

Is getting a pet passport worth it?

The benefit of a pet passport is that it’s a one-off cost. On average, it can cost from £200-£300 every holiday to keep your dog at the kennels or with a pet sitter. It’s a good idea to compare your options; see what suits you and your pet best.

A pet owner’s tale

“I got a passport for my cat Angel to go to Ireland. I was worried that it would cost loads and be a lengthy process, but it was quick and easy. 

The vet carried out a full health check, she had her rabies vaccination, got microchipped and we were good to go. 

Now I know the process is so easy, if I had a dog I would be happy to take them on holiday instead of putting them in kennels.”  


Deirdre Whybrow
Cat owner

A pet owner’s tale

Will my pet insurance cover my pet outside the UK?

Not necessarily, so it’s best to double check your policy to make sure you have the right cover in place before travelling. If you haven’t already got pet insurance it would be a good idea to get a policy that covers your cat or dog while you’re abroad.

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