Does my rabbit need a pet passport?
Only cats, dogs and ferrets will need a pet passport. If you have a rabbit and just can’t part with it, then there are no restrictions to taking it with you on holiday and bringing it back – as long as you stay within the EU. If you take your rabbit or pet rodent outside of the EU it’ll need to spend four months in quarantine on its return – so probably best to leave Thumper at home.
We should point out that pet passports can only be issued to domestic cats and dogs, anything with a bit more of the wild side in it, such as a Bengal or Savannah cat or a Wolfdog means you’ll need to contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency to find out more specific travel advice.
How much will a pet passport cost?
The cost of a pet passport is anywhere in the region from £150-£250 depending your vet surgery. You’ll also need to think about the cost of any vaccines or boosters your pet might need before travelling as well. If you have a dog, you’ll also need to treat it for tapeworm before you travel.
How long does a pet passport last?
Your pet’s passport is valid for your pet’s lifetime (or if Fido’s a frequent flyer, until all the pages have run out). If you’re travelling through the EU, you’ll need your pet’s passport to hand as some checks may be made.
If you are taking your pet abroad, think carefully about what it, and you, might getting up to. Even if you think you’re going to be relaxing in the sun or taking gentle strolls along the beach, you might want to make sure you’re covered for all eventualities. Not all policies cover your pet outside of the UK so double check the policy to make sure you have the right cover in place before travelling. So why not compare the market for pet insurance and while you’re here, make sure you’re covered too by comparing travel insurance from our trusted suppliers – you’d be barking mad not to.