Pet travel: changes to the EU scheme

Closed 14 Sep 2014

Opened 4 Aug 2014


Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are inviting views from stakeholders and members of the public on new regulations that will enforce directly applicable European Union (EU) changes to the pet travel scheme. The main requirements of the pet travel scheme will not change, but a number of new controls will be introduced to increase levels of compliance and improve the security and traceability of the pet passport.

Our preferred approach to enforcing these requirements is to make a number of amendments to the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order (2011). New requirements in respect of veterinary record keeping and microchipping will be introduced through non-regulatory measures.

The new EU Regulation comes into effect on 29 December 2014.

Why your views matter

We are inviting views on our proposed approach from stakeholders through this public consultation. The consultation should be of interest to pet owners, veterinary practices, transport companies and anyone involved in pet travel.


  • Vets
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Trading Standards Officers


  • Animals
  • Animal diseases
  • Travelling with pets
  • Quarantine