Dog in sunglasses on holiday

His name was Frodo Baggins and he was an unlikely history maker back in February 2000. But the five-year-old Pug paved the way for pet owners to do something very special – take their pets abroad on holiday.

Frodo was the first animal to be awarded a pet passport when the scheme was trialled back in February 2000. It’s now commonplace for owners to travel with their pets under the scheme run by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

So if you’re planning your summer holiday overseas, what do you need to do so you can take your pet with you?

DEFRA’s website contains a wealth of information about the do’s and don’ts of pet travel abroad.

For cats, dogs and ferrets, travelling to or from the European Union and specified countries they have to be microchipped, have a rabies jab, a pet passport, and, for dogs, be treated for tapeworm.

There’s also a waiting period of 21 days following the rabies injection. If you’re travelling from an unlisted country, there are different rules – all detailed on the DEFRA website.


There are no restrictions on bringing pet rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to the UK from other EU countries. But pet rabbits and rodents coming from countries outside the EU must spend four months in quarantine. They’ll also need a rabies import licence.

So if you’re fleeing to France with Fido or taking your cat to the Costa, what do you need to consider? Something suitable for the journey – whether that’s a travel cage or carrier or cat basket, their usual brand of food, a supply of toys and bowls for food and water.

There’s a wide range of travel accessories for dogs available online or in store, where our staff will be happy to answer any travel related questions.

Happy holidays!

When Frodo Baggins made pet travel history
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