FROM the start of next year it is going to be much easier to travel with animals between the UK and France after the loosening of the pet passport rules.
The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced that from 1 January 2012 owners will find it easier to travel into the UK with pets from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia.
Gone will be the requirement for a six month wait after blood test results, instead pets will be able to travel 21 days after being vaccinated against rabies.
Pets will still need to be microchipped, but tick treatment for pet animals returning to the UK will no longer be required, although this will be kept under review.
So to will the requirement to ensure the UK continues to be protected from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) infection, with it looking likely that animals will have to be treated between one and five days before returning to the UK.
Entry rules for pets entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries:
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