The Rules of Travelling Abroad With Your Dog

Dogs on holidayWe all love holidays, but for some of us, no holiday is complete without our furry friends. Leaving your pet at home whilst you go on your jollies can be heart-breaking, but with a little preparation, you can bring your dog with you to one of Canvas’ dog-friendly campsites!

We’ve tried to make life as simple as possible by gathering together all the information you’ll need if you’re planning to take your pet abroad. Whether you’re travelling to or from an EU or non-EU country, you need to make sure you have the following things in place, or you could end up having to leave your dog in quarantine!


If your pet isn’t already microchipped, this is the first thing you need to look into doing. The only exceptions are for pets that have been tattooed and this is only accepted in certain circumstances. Microchips aren’t only useful for when you’re travelling abroad – they can also mean that if your pet gets lost in the UK, you stand a better chance of recovering them, often lowering the price of your pet insurance as a result.

In most cases, your pet can be microchipped at the vets, and this can cost anything between £15 and £35. The vet should then record the number of the microchip on a pet passport, which, if you don’t already have, can be provided by an official veterinarian.

Rabies vaccination

Dogs on holidayOnce your dog is microchipped, you need to get them inoculated to protect them against rabies. This should then be recorded on your pet’s passport. Make sure you get this done at least 21 days before travelling if you’re going to a country inside the EU. If your dog is travelling to a country outside of the EU (for example Switzerland), this should be done more than four months in advance of your trip, to allow for the blood test results to be returned.  Make sure that your pet is microchipped before getting any vaccines – if you don’t, you may have to take your dog for the vaccine again!

Blood test (non-EU countries)

30 days after the rabies vaccination, you will need to get your dog a blood test. You must then wait three calendar months before travelling to your non-EU destination.


It’s essential that you have the required documents for your pet before travelling either to or from the UK. This means having a valid EU pet passport or a third country official veterinary certificate that states that the above requirements have been met.

Tapeworm treatment

Dogs on holidayIf you’ve taken your dog abroad, you’ll need to ensure that they’ve undergone the necessary tapeworm treatment before they return to the UK. This means getting the treatment between one and five days before your scheduled arrival date in the UK. Again, it’s important that the vet makes a record of this in the pet passport, including the name and manufacturer of the tapeworm product used, the date and time they treated your dog and the vet’s stamp and signature.

Authorised carriers and approved routes

There are only certain routes by which dogs are permitted to travel, so you’ll need to check this before you plan and book your trip. It’s also a good idea to check that the carrier is approved to carry pets. You can do this by contacting the company you plan to travel with directly and finding out what their restrictions are.

Pet-friendly accommodation

Finally, you need to think about your arrival destination, and ensure that dogs are allowed to stay on the campsite. If a campsite does allow dogs, you’ll find that they can only stay in Maxi Tents. Some campsites charge a small fee for dogs.

Our interactive site-finder is a quick and easy way to check which Canvas sites allow dogs. Why not take a look now and see where you can travel to with your dog in tow?

Categories: Dog-friendly holidays


  1. Pet travel accommodation would be number one on my rule book. The worst thing that could happen when travelling with your pet is finding out on destination that your accommodation does not permit pets. That could be a big punch to a families holiday!

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