Ryedale District Council

Rabies protection

Rabies is an encephalitis, or brain disease, which is caused by the rabies virus. For detailed information on rabies, its treatment and public health management, please visit GOV.UK.

Pet Travel Scheme

The importation rules require that pets imported into the United Kingdom ( UK ) are quarantined in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ( DEFRA ) approved facilities for six months in order to keep the UK free from rabies and certain other diseases. However, there are some exemptions to these rules under a scheme called the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

PETS allows pet dogs (including guide and hearing dogs), cats and ferrets from designated countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the scheme rules. The scheme also means that UK residents can take their pets to the designated countries and return to the UK without quarantine.

The PETS rules include a requirement to have pets vaccinated for rabies and to have a pet passport.

Please visit the GOV.UK website for more detailed information.


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Ryedale House, Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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