|Barked: Thu Feb 23, '12 10:00pm PST |
|the UK relaxed their quarantine regulations at the beginning of this year, 2012.
Because of it, if you are leaving from the states and have about a month in advance, you can complete all requirements for traveling to the UK without a holding period at arrival. You might even be pretty much prepared to travel now.
A few things to remember:
1) your dog much be microchipped, preferably with an ISO compliant chip. they don't recommend a specific chip, but if you don't have an ISO chip I recommend bringing your own reader to be certain.
2) your dog, after being fitted with a microchip, must have had a rabies vaccination with killed virus more than 21 days before entry. most adult dogs from the states will fulfill this already. Like if you have a 3 year rabies vaccine and he's one year into it, you're already fine to travel per the rabies requirement.
3) you have to treat your dog for tapeworm 1-5 days before entry.
4) you have to have official veterinary documentation.. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:343: 0065:0076:EN: PDF (page 73 - 78 of the pdf, delete any spaces) filled and stamped. You wouldn't need this if your dog was issued a Pet Passport, but those can only be issued within the EU.
5) you must travel to the UK on an approved route (not just any route is OK).
The entire list of rules is here:
Happy travels! The requirements sound much harder than they are
Edited by author Thu Feb 23, '12 10:01pm PST