The majority of countries only require your pet to be micro-chipped, vaccinated against rabies and a blood test. A passport can then be issued and your pet can travel approximately 21 days after vaccination.
The procedure for re-entering the UK is more complicated (unless of course you are on the PETS scheme – see article on Quarantine Laws). Your pet is required to have a blood test and then wait approximately 6 months before re-entry.
A passport costs pet owners around £200 (for a microchip, rabies vaccination and blood test), plus £60 per year for annual booster vaccinations and around £20 for a border check. These are approximate costs and it is worthwhile getting quotes from a number of veterinary surgeons before deciding as costs may vary.
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