A Quick Guide to Taking Your Dog Abroad With You

We all love going on holiday but sometimes it can be unbearable to leave our furry friends at home.

Luckily, we can take our dogs abroad with us and, although there a few rules and regulations we need to follow, it’s definitely worth it!

Taking your dog on an overseas holiday can be really exciting for both of you but it can also be nerve-wracking, so take a look through our quick guide to taking your dog abroad for some pointers on how to do it as efficiently as possible.

Plan carefully

Despite your dog not having to spend months in quarantine when you take him abroad, you still can’t just up and leave without any preparation.

Some time before you go away, arrange a meeting with your vet to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and knowledge of all of the required procedures so that your dog can safely leave the country and be allowed back in.

Ensure your dog is microchipped and vaccinated

For the purpose of identification, all dogs going abroad must be microchipped. If you have your concerns about microchipping, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Similarly, all dogs travelling to an EU country or back to the UK will need to have had a rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to their travel.

However, if your dog will be travelling back to the UK from a country which is not listed on the Pet Travel Scheme, he will need to have a blood sample taken 30 days after vaccination and will have to wait three months before re-entering the UK.

Get a passport

Your vet will be able to issue your dog with a passport once he has met all of the necessary requirements to go abroad. This passport will be valid for as long as your dog meets the UK’s entry requirements.


Many places out of the UK have much higher temperatures and your dog won’t be used to it.

We spoke to Aylesbury Vets who said: “In hotter climates, your dog could be at risk of heatstroke. To keep the risk at a minimum, avoid walking or exercising your dog during the hottest parts of the day and ensure that he has plenty of shade and water to enjoy.”

Likewise, if the temperature is going to be particularly cold, be sure to invest in a coat for your dog to keep him warm and dry.

On your way home

Between 1 – 5 days before you bring your dog back to the UK, you’ll need to take them to a vet in order for them to be scanned, checked, and given treatment for tapeworms. The vet can then sign and date your dog’s passport.

Ensure that you have all of your dog’s relevant documents on your journey home or he may end up in quarantine or be sent back to the country you travelled from.

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