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Taking Your Dog From Spain to the UK

- Updated: 05/05/2012

Changes to the 'Quarantine method of bringing your pet back to the UK have been advised, which will take effect from January 2012.

Taking Your Dog From Spain to the UK

New rules mean it will be easier and cheaper to travel abroad with pets.

It will become cheaper and easier to travel abroad with pets when new rules are introduced at the start of next year.

The UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the EU from 1 January 2012, bringing the UKís Pet Travel Scheme into line with the most recent science. The UK will maintain its high level of protection against animal diseases after the changes, which have the potential to save pet owners around £7 million in fees.

Forcing pets to spend 6 months in quarantine, a practice dating from the 1800s, is no longer necessary because of vastly improved rabies vaccines and treatments.

All pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies. Pets from the EU and listed non-EU countries such as the USA and Australia will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel. Pets from unlisted non-EU countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa will be able to enter the UK if they meet certain strict criteria to ensure they are protected against rabies, including a blood test and a three-month wait before they enter the UK.

The changes will ensure the risk of rabies coming to the UK remains extremely low. Itís estimated that the new rules mean there would be one case of rabies in a pet in the UK once every 211 years, with the possibility of a person dying from rabies obtained from a pet once in every 21,000 years.

The UK has been discussing with the European Commission the most appropriate form of tapeworm controls for dogs, to ensure the UK continues to be protected from Echinococcus multilocularis. The Commission has recently indicated that its proposals, expected shortly, would enable the UK and other tapeworm-free countries to retain tapeworm controls, with a requirement that animals be treated between one and five days before returning to the UK.

Tick treatment for pet animals returning to the UK will no longer be required. All pet owners travelling abroad with their animals should discuss with their vets the use of treatments, including those designed to control ticks as part of good animal health practice.

The UK, along with Ireland, Sweden and Malta, has an exemption from the standard EU pet travel rules. They are all harmonising their entry rules with the rest of the EU at the same time at the UK.

Entry rules for pets entering the UK from Spain :

Now From 1 January 2012
Microchip Yes Yes
Rabies Vaccination Yes Yes
Documentation (pet passport or third country certificate) Yes Yes
Blood test (dogs and cats) Yes No
Pre-entry waiting period Yes Yes
Length of waiting period before entry to the UK 6 months from date sample taken for blood test 21 days after vaccination against rabies
Tick Treatment Yes (24-48 hours before embarkation) No
Tapeworm Treatment Yes (as for ticks) Under consideration at European level

>> Click HERE to read " A first-hand experience of taking your dog back to the UK. <<

The orginal article can be viewed in full on the DEFRA website by clicking here .

Comment on this Article

 
Hi there , what's cost on shitzu from tenerife to the uk please
Kirsty Whitehead - Thu 10th Oct 2013
I would like to know the cost to bring my dog from Spain. Thanks Diana
Diana - Mon 16th Sep 2013
Sharon : We are not Pet Travel Agents so unable to give you an exact costing, but there are plenty of professional companies here in Spain that will be able to cost this up for you. The number of airlines and airport accepting Pets are limited, but I do know that Monarch fly pets into Luton. The limited choice, together with the ability to bring multiple pets at the same time is why most carriers opt to brings pets over by road / ferry.
Tumbit - Admin - Thu 5th Sep 2013
I would like to bring dog home from Spain to England Liverpool - He has a passport and he is 3 months old . What is your costing and who does the dog fly with as I am flying in with Ryan air on Saturday ?
Sharon Hayes - Wed 4th Sep 2013
I brought my Rhodesian Ridgeback to the UK, and all the Ferry Company were interested in knowing was the size and weight of the dog, but not the breed. All dogs are required to be muzzled and on a lead, so it shoudl make no difference. Call your Ferry company (or Airline) if you have concerns.
Mr Grumpy - Thu 23rd May 2013
do rothweillers need a special permit to travel or are they the same as any other dogs?
Natalie - Thu 23rd May 2013
Jose : I would recommend that you contact a specialist company if you are unable to bring you rdog over by yourself - somebody like www.petravelagent.com should be able to help you.
Tumbit - Admin - Mon 11th Mar 2013
Hi, I need to find out who could bring my dog from Spain to London, its a small Yorkshire Terrier. How much is it and how long would it take ? Thankyou
Jose - Mon 11th Mar 2013
B O'Neil : Providing the dog is micro chipped with an EU passport then all your client has to do is ensure the rabies vaccination is at least 21 days old and that the appropriate 48 / 72 hr window is observed for tick treatment before entering the UK. The dog does not need to be quarantined at all.
Tumbit - Admin - Sun 2th Sep 2012
Hi. I have a client moving from Spain to the UK for 1 year. They want to bring here Dog with them. So all they need to do is get the dog vaccinated and then quarantined in Spain for 21 days?
B. O'neill - Sun 2th Sep 2012
Rob : In very brief terms, the law changed (in your favour !) since you have been in Spain. As of 01.01.2012 a blood sample is no longer a requirement. Basically, DEFRA have updated their 200 year old regulations so that now you only are required to have had a Rabies injection for your Dog at least 21 Days before you travel. If you are in any doubt check with the DEFRA website.
Tumbit - Admin - Wed 29th Feb 2012
Hi there, We have been staying in spain for 18 month and are going back to the uk at the end of april,our dogs rabies vaccinaton is not due till next year. he has his passport, I know I have to get him treated for tapeworm and ticks, but the vet said he does not need to have a blood sample.. is this true ?
Robert Cullen - Wed 29th Feb 2012
Basically yes. When the new regulations come in to effect on the 1st Jan 2012 you will need to wait a period of 21 days after the Rabies Vaccine before you can travel, but the '48 Hour after tick treatment' ruling has gone out of the window.
Tumbit - Admin - Thu 22th Dec 2011
So are you saying I dont need to rush back to the uk now within 24/48 hours I can take my time when I leave Spain Thanks shell
Shell - Thu 22th Dec 2011