You cannot return to the UK until 21 days after your pet’s rabies vaccination is given when travelling from EU and listed countries. This means that it is sensible to get your pet’s passport at least a month before travel. That way, there is also time for your vet to issue the passport, which can take time, especially during busy summer periods.
When booking your appointment for your Pet Passport, make sure to let whoever books your appointment know what you are coming in for – vets must take an extra qualification to be able to issue passports, so you may need to come in to see a specific vet and not letting the clinic know in advance what you need may result in disappointment if that vet is not working that day.
For unlisted countries your pet must have a rabies vaccination and then a blood test, which will be done at least 30 days after the original vaccination to check the vaccine success. If this result is successful, your pet can travel once three months have passed from the date of the blood test.
If the test is unsuccessful, another rabies vaccination will have to be started and the process begins again. If you are planning on travelling to an unlisted country, it is wise to start your preparations at least six months in advance, to account for time taken to process, waiting times and the possibility of vaccine failure and restarting the process.