Moving your pets

Pets are special members of the family and are often an important part of a relocation.

Moving with a pet requires good planning and some research.

We recommended to start the process 1-3 months ahead of your desired departure date, as this allows plenty of time to organise all the details and deal with any unexpected challenges that may arise.

Check if you can bring your pet, the transport companies and routes you can use, get your pet microchipped, get vaccinations and tapeworm treatment, and finally have travel documents ready.

This is part of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), organised and administered by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. PETS outlines the process through which one can import pets into the UK.  It applies to pet dogs (including guide and hearing dogs), cats and ferrets that are resident in either the EU or one of the PETS qualifying countries. Animals that meet the PETS’ rules can enter (or re-enter) the UK without having to undergo 6 months quarantine. Animals that do not meet all the rules must be licensed into quarantine. They might then be able to obtain early release if shown to comply with the necessary PETS requirements.

Another point to take into consideration is that many rental properties do not accept pets; pet friendly rentals in London are limited and tend to go pretty quickly. Your landlord may want to include a pet clause in the tenancy agreement related to damage and cleaning of the property at the end of the tenancy.