If you are unsure in any way send a scan of the relevant pages and we will check for you.

1…The Microchip must be readable and functioning properly.

2…The Rabies MUST be dated at least 3 calendar months AFTER Date of Birth.

3…The Rabies MUST be dated ON OR AFTER Microchip implant.

4…The Rabies MUST be valid until at least until five (5) days after scheduled entry into the country of destination.

5…The Tapeworm (Echinococcus) entry must include Date AND Time it was administered, and be given between one (1) and five (5) days before entering the relevant country(s).

Any alterations MUST be annotated, signed and stamped separately by a vet only. Better still, have the vet delete poor entries and complete a fresh line for clarity’s sake. Passport entries that even appear to have been altered unofficially WILL BE REFUSED BORDER CONTROL and will therefore result in Denied Boarding from us. No refund of monies will then be due.



If you are the registered owner of the pet (microchip is in your name) and the pet needs to be transported because of a change in your circumstances (holiday, moving house, illness etc) and you can’t transport the pet yourself then you may use an authorised transport company (Certified, Transporter Type 2 License) to transport your pet on your behalf by use of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

This scheme allows for a pet to be taken into the UK so long as the following conditions have been satisfied:

Be identified by a microchip prior to or at the same time as the rabies vaccination

Be vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the recommendation on the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet

The waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after a valid vaccination

Before entering the UK all dogs (not required for cats) must be treated for tapeworm, administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK

Be accompanied by a passport containing a rabies vaccination record modelled on Annex 1 of Commission Decision 2003/803/EC

A Declaration of Owner not accompanying Pet during its journey form to have been completed.

In brief the transport of the pet should be as a result of a change of circumstance to the owner, not to the animal. If there has been, or will be, a transfer of ownership as a result of the transport (i.e. an animal has been re-homed, or will be re-homed), the PETS Scheme should not be used and the animal should be transported under the TRACES Travel Scheme

Transporting your pet under the PETS Travel Scheme with FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS AND CATS

While the conditions for the PETS Travel Scheme are very clear, there should be no transfer of ownership associated with the transport, there are still a lot of scenarios where it is possible to argue that the PETS Travel Scheme could be used.

Obviously the pet needs to be registered to you, in your name, and to your own address. Any animal registered to a charity, rescue centre or indeed un-registered is going to require a transfer of ownership and thus can’t be transported under the PETS Travel Scheme.

There are a number of scenarios where it is extremely clear that the PETS Travel Scheme is the correct scheme: an expat returning to live in the UK and wanting to take their pet with them, a person living in Spain that is going to the UK on a holiday, a person that owns properties in both the UK and Spain and is traveling between their homes.

On the other hand there are certain scenarios that are not so clear: an expat that is in the process of selling their property but has no specific date in mind, but needs to send their pet ahead of them to be cared for by a family member or friend, in order that they can concentrate on selling their property and be able to move quickly. Or an expat that is receiving long term medical care and can’t care for their pet at the same time, so needs to send it to a family member or friend until such time as they are fit and well again and can have the pet back. Perhaps a new baby has arrived and the pet needs to be sent to a family member or friend until the baby is older, or the pet needs to go to a family member or friend for behavioral training before returning to it’s owner.

In all of the above examples the reason for the transport of the pet is because of a change of circumstance to the owner. There is nothing in the conditions that relates to time or permanence: a house move is pretty permanent, a holiday is temporary. As there is no specific time limit related to the ‘condition’ it is possible that you may be sending your pet ahead of your planned move, or indeed have already moved. The same applies for a planned, or taken holiday. You may be moving homes within a country, or to a third country, but need your pet to be transported to a family member, friend, or kennel in the meantime while you sort out your move. For how long the pet will remain in this ‘temporary’ state until reunited with its owner isn’t specified.

At the end of the day we, as a transport company , have little choice other than to trust you when you complete the booking form. We make it clear on the form that you need to have read the information on the site relating to the PETS Travel Scheme and the TRACES Travel Scheme, but as we have no way of checking the microchip database to verify ownership, and we can’t check that you have booked a flight, sold your house, or are receiving medical attention, we simply have to trust you. Of course if the passport is filled in with a rescue centre or charity as the owner we will know, but as people that run rescue centers have their own pets and go on holiday, even if we are collecting the dog from a rescue centre we still can’t assume it has been re-homed and is not a pet.

So when you are transporting your pet under the PETS Travel Scheme  with us,  we require that all of the above conditions are met, which include an authorisation document from the registered owner.   In addition we require:

an appropriate health certificate is completed by your vet (you can download one here to use

that regardless of destination if the pet is a dog and is crossing an EU border it has a worming tablet administered and signed off by the vet 1-5 days prior to transport.

Travel with more than 5 pets

If you own a significant number of pets it is possible for us to transport more than 5 per person, as DEFRA confirm . This rule is for travelling with your own pets.

You must get a health certificate for each group of more than 5 pets you want to travel with. You get this from the country you’re coming from.

You must do this at least 10 days before you want to travel.

You need this certificate in addition to the other rules for pet travel for the countries you’re travelling to and from.

If this is of interest then please be aware that you will need to sort out all of the paperwork, and will need   provide us with any documentation and explanation confirming they are all your pets and that you are indeed eligible for transport under the PETS Scheme i.e. you are moving home etc.


Dogs, cats and ferrets moving for sale, or re-homing (rescue animals) need to moved under Balai conditions (commercial rules).


This applies to all animals being transported to a rescue centre, foster home, or charity as there will be a onward transfer of ownership as a result of the transport AND to recently adopted animals whose owners already live in a different country as the requirement for the transport has not been necessitated by a move by the owner.

Rescue animals entering the UK must

Be from a holding registered with the EU Member State of origin under Council Directive 92/65/EEC

Be identified by a microchip prior to rabies vaccination

Be vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the recommendation on the vaccine manufacturer’s data sheet

The waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after a valid vaccination

Before entering the UK all dogs must be treated for tapeworm, administered by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours (1-5 days) before its scheduled arrival time in the UK

Be accompanied by a passport containing a rabies vaccination record modelled on Annex 1 of Commission Decision 2003/803/EC.

Be accompanied by a health certificate (as laid down in Part 1 of Annex E to Directive 92/65/EEC) that confirms 24 hours before dispatch a clinical examination was carried out by a vet authorised by the competent authority showing that the animal is fit and healthy to travel


The Member State of origin will notify the movement to the competent authorities of destination through the Community Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)

The importer must notify the Regional AHVLA Office 24 hours prior to import, in writing

The dogs/cats must stay a further 48 hours at the place of destination on the health certificate

They will not be checked at the point of entry as they are not pets, but may be checked at the place of destination by the Regional AHVLA Office

The transporter of the dogs/cats must be authorised to transport animals commercially

The importer must keep the original health certificate for at least three years

There is no requirement to keep records of onward movements, but we recommend these are kept

Having a Type 2 Transporter License and DEFRA certified vans we qualify as being authorised to transport animals commercially, and all that is required from us is to provide the authority completing the TRACES documentation with our license and registration details, and, as requested, details of our transport route and schedule.

We are more than happy to transport any rescue animal under this scheme. We can assist you with all paperwork to enable you to transport your rescue animals under Traces.

When you are using the booking form please make it very clear if you are requesting a place for your pet or a rescue animal.

Transporting your rescue animal via TRACES


TRACES does involve a lot more work for the rescue centre. The animal’s passport has to be with the official vet at least 5 days prior to the departure, and the animal has to be taken to the official vet for a clinical examination 24 hours prior to the transport departure.

Please note that for animals being signed off by an Andalucian vet there is an added requirement regarding rabies vaccination. The animal has to have had it’s first rabies vaccination 21 days prior to the transport BUT it must travel within a month of the vaccination date, otherwise it requires a second rabies vaccination, and of course it cannot enter the UK until 21 days after this second vaccination, which must have been administered no more than one month from the first vaccination.

There is no way round this for animals that are transported under TRACES from Andalucia.

If you are not registered with TRACES we can organize all of the paperwork for you  to help get them prepared for re-homing.

For more information please read this page:

TRACES system

The TRACES system is a management tool for tracking the movement of animals and products of animal origin from both outside of the European Union and within its territory. This system consolidates and simplifies the existing systems. It is a major innovation in improving the management of animal diseases and for reducing the administrative formalities which weigh down the economic operators and competent authorities.


Commission Decision 2003/623/EC of 19 August 2003 concerning the development of an integrated computerised veterinary system known as TRACES.

It should be noted that TRACES is required for any rehomed dog being transported across a EU boarder. It DOES NOT only relates to transports into the UK.

While many Spanish government vets will accept a DEFRA certification for their van, they do not have to as the Spanish equivalent is more stringent. For example a van in Spain must be fitted with a divider between the animals and the driver, and it must have a grill for ventilation. In the UK it isn’t necessary to have one. With the van floor in Spain it has to be washable i.e. rubber based, and the cages must be removable so they can be cleaned. Again, this is not required in the UK.

Our vans meet Spanish requirements.