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How Much Does a Dog Passport Cost in the UK? [2020]

A UK dog passport will cost you between £75 and £140 in 2020.

The cost for a UK dog passport in 2020 is divided between 3 compulsory parts:

    1. Microchipping – £0-20
    2. Rabies Vaccination – £15-60+
    3. Pet Passport Application – £60+

Additionally, there are some extra costs that you may want to consider, if you are travelling abroad with your dog:

4. Additional Vaccinations – varies depending on destination country
5. Rabies Blood Test – £60-120
6. Tapeworm Treatment – £20-30
7. Pet Insurance – £6-230+

I’m sure you want to pay the lower end of the price range, so in this article, we will walk you through all of the costs and how to go about saving some money!







What is a dog passport?

Since 2000, your furry friend can have their very own dog passport (officially called a ‘Pet Passport’), under the Pets Travel Scheme, which is also known as ‘PETS’.

Having a dog passport allows pet owners to bring their dogs abroad with them, without them having to endure a lengthy quarantine period. Most of the time. Yes, this means you can even take your dog on the airplane with you – some airlines even allow dogs to sit in the cabin with their owners! A British Pet Passport, allows dogs to travel freely within the EU and many listed countries across the world.

Dog passports include a record of all the vaccinations and treatments that your dog has had, as well as your dog’s name, address, physical traits, breed and an optional photograph.

A dog passport basically shows that he/she is fit and healthy to travel with you.

Related post – 13 Airlines That Allow Flying With Dogs In-Cabin [2019 Prices & Policies]

Microchipping your dog costs between £0-£20

Your dog MUST have a microchip (“transponder”), if you would like to get them a dog passport.

We recommend that this is the first step in the process of obtaining a dog passport. This is because if your dog isn’t microchipped before they get their rabies vaccination, then the vaccination may not be valid. This would mean your dog would have to get it again.

Of course, if your dog already has a microchip, you can skip this section as the cost will be £0 for you.

However, for those of you whose dogs haven’t, the cost for a microchip in the UK in 2020, can vary between £0 and £30.

The cost for the microchip depends on who you get it administered by.


a) Through a Veterinary Centre

Prices for a microchip through a veterinary centre will cost you between £10 and £20.

Different clinics charge different amounts, but the average stands at around £14.50.

As a requirement, your dog will only need a standard microchip – a small chip the size of a rice grain which carries a unique number detectable by a microchip scanner. The microchip is implanted just under your dog’s skin between his/her shoulder blades.

Some private veterinary centers do offer biotherm microchips, which have the capability to measure your dog’s temperature and keep an eye on their health.

Biotherm microchips will cost on average £18, a little more than a normal microchip.

Although it isn’t essential, it’s good to know your options, just in case you wanted to opt for a little extra.


b) Through a Charity

It is possible to get your dog microchipped for £0!

Some charities offer this service free of charge, to encourage dog owners to get their dogs microchipped.

For example, The Blue Cross, Battersea and Dog’s Trust all offer this service, in certain areas.

Battersea and Dog’s Trust offer this free service to everyone. However, The Blue Cross will provide microchips for free for any dog owners that receive any of the following:

    • Pension credit (not the standard state retirement pension)
    • Housing benefit
    • Income support
    • Working tax credit
    • Council tax benefit (not 25 per cent single person discount)
    • Income based jobseeker’s allowance
    • Income based employment and support allowance
    • Universal credit
    • Child Tax Credit

Where Can You Microchip Your Dog for Free?

Battersea Dogs & Cats

Centres: London, Old Windsor in Berkshire, Brands Hatch in Kent
Battersea free Pet Day events, held all over the UK

Blue Cross

Hospitals: Victoria, Merton, Hammersmith, Grimsby, Southwark
Mobile Clinics: Southwark, Hackney, Islington, Walthamstow, Highbury
Pet Care Clinics: Ashford, Cwmbran, Derby, Luton, Torbay, York

Dogs Trust

Centres: Ballymena (N.Ireland), Bridgend, Canterbury, Darlington, Evesham, Glasgow, London (Harefield), Ilfracombe, Kenilworth, Leeds, Loughborough, Manchester, Merseyside, Newbury, Salisbury, Shoreham, Shrewsbury
Dogs Trust free Pet Day events, held all over the UK

If you don’t live near a charity that will offer the service for free, then shop around a little to find the cheapest price at vets in your surrounding area.

For more information on microchipping your dog for free, check How to get Dog Microchipping for Free in the UK [2019]

COST: £0-£20




Rabies Vaccinations cost between £15-£60+

In order to qualify for a dog passport in the UK in 2020, your dog MUST be up to date on their rabies vaccinations. There is no exception to this rule.

Furthermore, in order to qualify, you must be able to prove that your dog has had their rabies vaccination within the past year.

If you’re vaccinating your dog against rabies for the first time and travelling to Europe or a listed non-European country, it must be completed at least 21 days before your arrival.

In the UK, a rabies vaccination costs between £15 and £60, approximately, with an average price of around £51.

You may be wondering why the price range is so high. This is because there are three ways to obtain your dog’s vaccinations.

Unfortunately for those of you who want to travel with puppies, dogs must be at least 12 weeks old before getting vaccinated against rabies.

b) Through a Veterinary Center

The cost of a rabies vaccination through a veterinary centre starts at around £40, and can cost you up to around £60.

The cost differs between veterinary centres.

So, if you want to save a bit of money, shop around a bit before booking your vaccinations.

Furthermore, it is possible to get your dog’s vaccinations for cheaper, if you meet certain criteria to go through a charity.


b) Through a Charity

You may be able to get your dog’s rabies vaccinations for a low cost of around £15.

This is the case if you meet certain eligibility criteria to get them administered through a local charity.

Blue Cross, RSPCA and PDSA charities offer this service to those who qualify.

The Blue Cross offers two initial rabies vaccinations for £15, and booster vaccinations for £18. This is available to dog owners who can prove that they are receiving any of the following:

  • Pension credit (not the standard state retirement pension)
  • Housing benefit
  • Income support
  • Working tax credit
  • Council tax benefit (not 25 per cent single person discount)
  • Income based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income based employment and support allowance
  • Universal credit
  • Child Tax Credit

RSPCA will offer free or discounted vaccinations to dog owners who can prove that they receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credit (NOT state pension)
  • Standard Allowance Universal Credit

Additionally, if you live in the north of England, you’re in luck! You may be able to get your dog’s rabies vaccinations for cheaper through the Animal Trust, who has clinics in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Shropshire and Yorkshire.


c) Through a Health Club

Some vets offer a health club service where you pay a monthly fee in exchange for perks.

These perks include free vaccinations, flea treatments, worm treatments, as well as free or discounted microchipping.

Pet health club memberships can range between £11.99 up to £22.50, per month.

This cost varies depending on which club you join, and usually, the size of your dog.

Whether you choose to join a health club, depends on how much you normally pay for these services, and whether you think it is worth it.

COST: £15-£60+




Dog passport application in 2020 costs £60+

In 2020, the cost for the official Pet Passport is £60, in the UK.

This is a fixed cost. Though, some veterinary practises may add surcharges.

Obtaining your dog’s passport is a straight forward exercise and should take 30 minutes to an hour.

Just ask your local vet if they are able to complete the pet passport forms for you.

If they aren’t, then they should be able to give you details of a practice that does. In the case that your vet doesn’t know a local alternative, feel free to contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

You will need to bring the following when meeting with the veterinarian:

  • Your dog
  • Identity forms
  • Vaccination record
  • Microchip information

The veterinarian will perform a basic health exam on your dog, review your paperwork and fill out the passport book.

This is a good opportunity to ask the veterinarian about potential additional entry requirements for the country you are visiting. They should be able to administer any additional treatments or vaccines required, as mentioned earlier.

COST: £60+



Additional Vaccines cost varies between countries 

As well as the rabies vaccination, your dog MAY also require additional vaccinations.

This is depending on the country that you are visiting, as different countries and territories have different requirements.

For example – Turkey requires that all dogs need vaccines against parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvovirus, bordetella, hepatitis and distemper before being allowed into the country. 

A bordetella vaccination in the UK can cost you around £10, and canine influenza can cost around £15.

Therefore, depending on where you are planning on visiting, you may end up spending more than the average cost for a dog passport.

Even if you have already been granted your pet passport, you must still have proof that your dog has had a rabies vaccination within a year of intended travel. 

Get your dog microchipped before getting their rabies vaccination. If you get your dog microchipped after their rabies vaccination, it may not count. 

COST: Varies depending on your destination country




Rabies Blood Test costs between £60 – £120

Your dog will need to have a rabies blood test, if you will be returning to the UK from an unlisted country.

This test MUST be taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.

Once the veterinarian has taken your dogs blood sample, they must send it to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory from either inside the EU or outside.

The blood rest results must show that the vaccination was successful – i.e. contain at least 0.5 IU/ml of the rabies antibody.

You must wait 3 months from the date of the blood sample, before travelling back to the UK. There is an exception to this rule if your dog had its rabies vaccination and blood test before visiting the unlisted country.

A rabies blood test normally costs between £60 – £75 in the UK.

With that said, some vets can charge up to £120! In order to save some money, have a shop around a little bit before booking it in.

So, although this is not an essential part of obtaining a pet passport, it is a cost you may need to take into consideration.

Check whether you will be visiting a listed or unlisted country.

COST: £60 – £120




Tapeworm treatment for dogs costs between £20-£30

This isn’t required to get a dog passport, however, it is essential if you want to return to the UK with your dog.

Your dog MUST have been treated against tapeworms between 24 hours (1 day) and 120 hours (5 days) before re-entering the UK.

This must be administered by a vet and officially recorded in your dog passport.

This is really important because if you fail to have your dog treated within this time scale, then it may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months. Not ideal!

Tapeworm treatment will cost you between £20 and £30 in the UK.

This price does vary between veterinary clinics.

If you’d like to save some money, call the veterinary practises in the location you will be visiting to compare the prices.

The treatment MUST contain praziquantel or an equivalent that has been proven to be effective specifically against the Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm.

Tapeworm treatment is not required if you are returning directly from Ireland, Finland, Malta or Norway. 

COST: £20-£30




Pet travel insurance (OPTIONAL) costs between £6 – £230+

Pet travel insurance for your dog is not compulsory, however it is recommended.

Veterinary care can be VERY expensive, as I’m sure you are aware.

You may already have dog insurance. If so, give your provider a call to see if your dog is covered for travelling overseas.

If so, you’re in luck! This will come at no cost to you.

However, if your policy does not cover oversea travel, then ask them if you are able to extend your cover. It is likely that you will need to pay a little extra.

For those of you who do not have pet insurance, and are considering getting some for your travels, it will cost you as little as £6 per month, up to a whopping £230 per month!

The cost depends on a few factors.


a) Your chosen provider

Of course, different providers have different costs and offer different deals.

Shop around to find the best deal for you.


b) Time Limited Policies VS Lifetime Policies

Time limited policies are those that are only valid for 12 months, usually. Lifetime policies are those that automatically renew every year.

Generally, time limited policies are cheaper and can cost over 50% LESS than lifetime policies.


c) The breed, size and age of your dog

Generally speaking, pet insurance is more expensive for larger and older dogs.

For example – premiums for dogs older than seven can be x5 more expensive than for a dog aged one or two! Furthermore, premiums for a bichon frise, for example, will likely cost a lot less than for a great dane.

Additionally, certain dog breeds cost significantly more to insure than others.

For example – on average, lifetime insurance for a french bulldog costs £134, compared to just £37 for a cocker spaniel.


d) Accident Only VS Accident and Illness

Accident only insurance will be a lot cheaper than pet insurance that covers accident and illness.

If you have a poorly  pooch, you may want to consider getting accident and illness cover. Even though the monthly rate is more expensive, it may work out cheaper than pet veterinary fees abroad.

Check the average vet fees for where you are visiting, to see if taking out pet insurance is worth it for you.

You can compare different prices by filling out a form on Money Supermarket.

COST: £6 – £230+



How long does it take to get a dog passport?

Obtaining a dog passport, officially called a ‘Pet Passport’, is a rather straight forward process that should take you somewhere between 24 hours and 1 week. However we recommend that you allow yourself at least 1 month to 6 months to prepare – the timings depending on where you are travelling to.

It’s very important to note that there are specific requirements on timing that vary depending on your destination country. Many countries have different rules when it comes to the timings of rabies vaccinations and other additional vaccinations or treatments. Some countries may even require your dog to have a rabies titer test, to ensure your dog’s rabies vaccination was successful. A rabies titer test will add at least an extra 3 months to your preparation. I say ‘at least’ because if your dog was to fail the test, he must have another round of rabies vaccinations before taking the test again.

Furthermore, there are additional rules if you are planning on travelling back to the UK as dogs are required to have a tapeworm treatment. Your dog must be treated between 24 hours (1 day) and 120 hours (5 days) of returning to the UK.

For more detailed information check How Long Does It Take To Get a UK Dog Passport? [2019]




Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Can my puppy get a UK pet passport?

As long as your dog is over the age of 12 weeks, he can get a pet passport in the UK. This is because dogs must be at least 12 weeks old in order to get a rabies vaccination.

What if my dog does not qualify for a UK pet passport?

If your dog is deemed unfit for travel, then you will have to leave him behind. The thought of leaving your dog behind may be sad, however, it is for their own good. Travel is hard on pets and your companion may be better off staying behind.

What are the requirements to bring my dog back to the UK?

In order for your dog to return to the UK, he or she will need to have had a tapeworm treatment. This must be administered within 5 days of returning.

How long are UK pet passports valid for?

A UK pet passport is valid as long as your dog's vaccines and health checks are up to date.




Conclusion

So, there you have it.

Your furry friend’s dog passport will cost you between £75 and £140.

By planning ahead and knowing your options, you can end up saving £65 on your dog passport!

To save some money, check your local charities to see if they offer microchipping for free, and discounted rabies vaccinations.

As mentioned above, it’s also important to note that you may need to pay an extra £20 – 120 on a rabies blood test, and tapeworm treatment. This depends on whether you are planning on returning to the UK, and where you will be returning from.

Hope you have found this helpful.

Happy travels!

For information on how to get an EU Pet Passport, check How to get an EU Pet Passport [2020 GUIDE]
For information on how to get a US Pet Passport, check How to get a US Pet Passport in 2019 [ULTIMATE GUIDE]




 

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