Taking your pet touring overseas

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) started in April 2000 and allows cats and dogs resident in the UK to visit certain other countries and return to the UK, without quarantine, provided that certain conditions are met.

It’s a good idea to take a muzzle for your dog – whatever breed – as some countries require a muzzle to worn by all dogs in public.

For more information on travelling with your pet abroad; including how to get a pet passport, please visit www.defra.gov.uk.

Pets on overseas sites

Pets are accepted on most overseas sites but you may find that some particular breeds of dog will not be allowed.

There are also restrictions on taking particular breeds of dog into certain countries, even if you have a pet passport for them.

Travelling to France

France have two types of restrictions when it comes to travelling with dogs:

Category 1 dogs – these are classified as dangerous.

  • any dog of the type known as Staffordshire Terrier without a pedigree
  • any dog of the type known as American Staffordshire Terrier without a pedigree (also known as Pitbulls)
  • any dog of the type known as Mastiff
  • any dog of the type known as a Tosa without a pedigree

Category 2 dogs – all dogs (except Rottweilers) must have a pedigree and be registered with a breed society.

  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Tosa
  • Rottweiler

Category 2 dogs must be kept muzzled and on a lead at all times in public.

For more information on taking your pet to France, visit the French Embassy website.

Travelling to Ireland

The following breeds of dog must be kept on a leash and securely muzzled when in public, at all times they must wear a collar bearing the name and address of the owner.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Movement of dogs and cats between Great Britain and Ireland is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, and current information is available on their website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets.

Travelling to Spain

The following breeds are not banned from entering Spain, but they must be registered within 3 months of entry: Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasiliero, Tosa Inu and Akita Inu.

Travelling to Denmark

The following breeds and/or cross-breeds of dogs cannot be taken into Denmark:
Pitbull, Tosa, American Stafforshire Terrier, Fila Brasielero, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerbull, Kangal, Ovcharka, Tornjak, Sarplaninac.

Travelling to the Netherlands

(Information supplied by the Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit (VWA)

All breeds can be imported into the Netherlands, unless they show aggressive behaviour.

Travelling to Belgium

(Information supplied by the Sécurité de la Chaine alimentaire et Environnement)

There is no national legislation regarding dangerous dogs. However, each individual local authority can impose its own rules, which range from compulsory muzzling to banning certain breeds. You will need to contact the campsite you plan to visit to find out if any local laws apply.

Returning to the UK

In order to bring your pet home, make sure you have:

  1. a valid pet passport
  2. taken your pet to the vet for flea and tapeworm treatment 24-120 hours before returning home – ensure this is stamped on your pet’s passport

Top questions

This is my first visit abroad with my caravan/motorhome. How can the Club help?

The Club's first time abroad section explains everything you need to know about going on your first overseas touring holiday.

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Special offer

Clinique Vétérinaire Opalia is offering Caravan Club members a discounted price of €30.00 (plus the cost of the drugs which is dependent on the dog’s weight) for the pet passport tapeworm treatment. Visit website

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