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Travelling through 3 countries with cats

Old Jun 26, 23, 1:52 am
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Travelling through 3 countries with cats


I am travelling with my two cats from Spain (our home) to relocate in the UK. It has proven a little complicated, so we are going to get a train or plane to Belgium (I think) and then travel by hire car to France to get the ferry to the UK.

So far I have their rabies injections, vaccinations, microchip and passports.

Does anyone know if they would need a rabies titrate test and the deworming test/proof?

I believe they don't need that for Spain to the UK, but as we are travelling through two other countries I am just not sure.

Any help would be so incredible. Thanks in advance!

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Old Jun 26, 23, 9:26 am
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No, they do not need a rabies titrate test. That is only for animals entering the EU/UK from third countries classified as 'unlisted'. You will be bringing animals from a 'part 1 listed country" where this is not required. All EU countries are in this group. If your cats have an EU pet passport , they can travel freely in all of the EU. Like for people, it's free movement for all

Your cats need:
- their EU pet passport
- a compliant microchip
- to be up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations. This is documented in the pet passport. If they aren't vaccinated against rabies, get that done ASAP as you can only bring them into the UK three weeks (21 days) after the initial vaccination date.

Proof of deworming/tapeworm treatment is not required, that's only applicable for dogs, not cats.

If you decide to fly, go to Amsterdam or Brussels (better, closer) on an airline allowing your cats in the cabin (ideally an airline who will let both of them travel in the same carrier size permitting so you'd need to take only one instead of two). Iberia is such an airline: https://www.iberia.com/es/viajar-con-iberia/animales/
Or take the train. From Barcelona via Paris, it takes about 12 hours to reach Brussels. Honestly, I`d rather fly. Cheaper, faster,

Everything about bringing animals into the UK is explained here in a very straightforward manner: https://www.gov.uk/bring-pet-to-great-britain and on the LeShuttle website: https://help.eurotunnel.com/hc/en-gb...201913709-Pets

How I would handle this:
One adult in your party flies directly to your destination in the UK, rents a car there, and drives the car back to Brussels via LeShuttle where you'll meet up and take the kitties back through the tunnel on LeShuttle in the car. Return the car. A return "Short Stay Saver" Shuttle ticket will cost around GBP 200 or thereaboutswhen booked in advance.
One-way rental cars from 'the Continent' to the UK are not allowed resp. are extremely costly as they'll have to be individually repatriated, and the cost for this is getting billed to you.
Bringing animals into the UK other than in a car is either very cumbersome as the Eurostar train doesn't accept animals other than those in cars, and you'd have to travel as foot passengers on one of the few ferry routes allowing pets. They all require advance check-in, pets need to be kenneled and may not stay with you etc. It's a pain.Here's the pet travel rules for the Calais-Dover route: https://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/f...France-routes/

If you are relocating and would bring a car, you could also take a direct ferry between the UK and Spain. Brittany Ferries has twice-weekly service between Bilbao or Santander and Portsmouth Takes 30 hours and costs about EUR500 - but you'd have to travel with a car if you bring pets.
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Old Jun 26, 23, 9:48 am
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why fly ?

I pity the cats, Rosanna. Why are you putting them through the agony of flying?
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