Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Pet Passport & Vacinations | Northern Spanish Coast

3:13pm, Wednesday, 24°

Having a cup of tea, parked just outside check in for the ferry to Plymouth. It seems that Rio's pet passport must have the rabies vaccination page laminated by the vet before we are allowed to check in, and it wasn't done when it was issued in Portugal. Apparently this requirement was only brought in for passports issued since December 2014..



Thankfully the vet I've just been to for the tapeworm treatment is only a ten minutes walk from the ferry terminal, so fingers crossed they'll sort it out for us when they reopen after siesta at 4:30pm.

5:35pm, Wednesday, 23°

Not long back from the vets and alls good. It was a simple matter of having the rabies info laminated - just that small strip on the page makes all the difference.

So how do you bring a dog back from mainland Europe into the UK or Ireland?

Once I had decided I'd be bringing Rio with me wherever I went, I had contacted the local vets in Portugal to enquire about the process. These days your dog doesn't have to be kept in quarantine or anything like that - as long as it meets all the requirements, and you have the paperwork to prove it.

Basically the animal needs to be microchipped, and on an approved register, holding all the information, including your address. There also needs to be a few vaccinations, including most importantly, rabies, which must be done at least one month before you plan to travel. In addition to this, your dog needs to have a clinical examination and worming treatment, administered by a vet, within a window of 5 days and 24 hours before entering the UK, and the passport stamped and dated.

In my situation, I had the final appointment for worming arranged for the day of travel, meaning it would be more than 24 hours before we'd arrive in the UK. I didn't expect the issue with the laminating to arise, and it wasn't picked up until check in - I'm glad we arrived early!

All the official information on pet passports and travel can be found here:

UK: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview

Ireland: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/

The view from the cliffs west of Santander..

After descending from the Picos, we spent the last couple of days camped on the northern coast, less than an hours drive from Santander in the great company of Alan and Bob, enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. It was still lovely and warm here, and I know it'll be a shock arriving in England off the ferry. I at least hope that its not raining!

Northern Spanish coast..



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