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The importation rules require that pets imported into the United Kingdom are quarantined in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) approved facilities. However there are some exemptions to these rules under a scheme called The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).
The pet travel scheme allows pet animals from designated countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the scheme rules. The scheme also means that UK residents can take their pets to the designated countries and return to the UK without quarantine.
The pet travel scheme rules include, firstly, getting your pet fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified, then getting it vaccinated against rabies ( 21 days must be allowed after vaccination before entering the UK,) then a pet passport must be obtained and for dogs, they must be treated for tapeworm.
For a full guide on preparing your dog, cat or ferret, a link can be found below to the Defra website.
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