Documentation Requirements

What you need to have to get ready for your pet’s journey


If you are contemplating returning Pets to the UK and your Dog or Cat Passport is up to date, then you should have no problem with transporting your Pets to the UK. Make certain that your Pets Passport has no alterations or crossed out entries, in which case these entries must be stamped and signed by the Veterinarian. It must be noted that a Pet Passport that has “tippex” to alter mistakes will not be accepted at the UK border.

Posh Pets offers a Pet Passport Checking Service, which can in many cases resolve minor issues and give owners peace of mind that their Pets Travel documentation is valid.

In addition to our Pet Travel service by land, Posh Pets can provides a Pets Taxi Service to and from Malaga Airport on the Costa del Sol. Posh Pets offers a totally comprehensive pet travel service tailor made to pet Owner’s individual requirements. This service includes the sale of Airline compliant Pet Travel Boxes and a Pet Delivery/Collection Service anywhere in Spain. What you need to do if you are entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries.




Step 1

Have your pet microchipped – Before any of the other procedures for pet travel are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.

Step 2

Have your pet vaccinated – After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. The length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination.

Step 3

Get pet travel documentation – For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU blue pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate (apart from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland who also issue pet passports).

Step 4

Tapeworm treatment – (dogs only): before entering the UK, all pet dogs (including assistance dogs) must be treated for tapeworm. The treatment must be 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. There is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. With private boarding facilities before or after your departure, our service is tailor-made for your pet to high standards and most importantly, a caring service for your pet, are all available at Posh Pets Spain.

 Pet Travel Scheme from UK to France/ Spain

  • Internationally recognized microchip.
  • Vaccination against rabies: 21 days after inoculation pet can travel.
  • A Veterinary health check & passport stamp prior to travel which is entered in your pet passport.

For further Help – Pet Travel Scheme Helpline contact:
DEFRA – Department for Environment,
food & Rural Affairs.
Area 201, 1a Page street, London, SW1P 4PQ
Tel: +44(0) 870 241 1710
(Mon – Friday – 8.30am to 5pm)
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7904 6206

Returning to the UK Urgently?

Contact Posh Pets and we will look after your pet, obtain their Pet Passport and send them home at the date the passport becomes valid. Pet Collections in Spain are available if you are unable to deliver them directly to our premises.

Importing your Pet to Spain?

Contact us and we will arrange collection of your pets from your UK home & deliver your Cats and Dogs from the UK and deliver them to your home in Spain. This is our door to door service. If you have already arranged your own pet travel arrangements by air we can also meet your Pets at the Airport and deliver them directly to you or board them until you are settled into your new home.