The Pet Travel Scheme allows dogs and cats to travel between the UK and other EU countries, without quarantine, so long as they comply with the relevant regulations.
To enter or re-enter the UK from other EU countries (or "listed countries") without quarantine, in this order, your pet will require a microchip and a vaccination against rabies. They will then require an EU Pet Passport to be issued by an Official Veterinarian. They will also require treatment against tapeworms (dogs only). An authorised carrier and approved route must also be used. Please note that you must wait 21 days from the date of vaccination before travelling.
Further information can be found on the DEFRA website but we have produced this fact sheet to outline the basic principles of the scheme. The information on this page was correct as of April 2013, however for up to date information, please check the DEFRA website.