Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

There is a main change to pet travel regulations coming into force on Dec 29, 2014 in the form of a new passport.

This will include laminated strips to cover description, identification and rabies vaccinations.

The new passport will also include the contact details of the issuing veterinary surgeon.

Existing passports will remain valid for the lifetime of the pet or until they are full, when a new passport has to be issued.

These new measures are aimed at improving security and compliance.

Another change being introduced is the minimum age of 12 weeks for rabies vaccination.

While this is already the case for all UK rabies vaccination variation in Europe has led to confusion.

The earliest at which a puppy will be legally able to enter the UK is 15 weeks.

The new regulations also introduce a requirement for minimum qualifications for the implant of microchips.

The following is staying the same for dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to and from EU states:

*They must be identified by microchip

*Must have an up to date vaccination against rabies.

*Issued with an EU pet passport

*Wait 21 days after rabies vaccination before travelling

*Travel into the UK on an approved route.

Dogs must be treated by a vet for tapeworm between 24 and 120 hours (one to five days) before arrival into the UK and the pet passport signed accordingly.

No treatment is required for dogs entering from Finland, Ireland or Malta.

The pet travel scheme applies to the non commercial movement of pets and pets travelling under this scheme must be accompanied by their owner or an authorised person.

Anyone considering pet travel is advised to check the regulations at www.defra.gov.uk