For a long time, taking a dog to Britain for a holiday was unthinkable, as strict quarantine regulations applied. But since these regulations were relaxed in 2000, Britain has become a popular destination for dog owners. With a further loosening of the rules effective since 1st January 2012, bringing your dog to Britain has become as easy as travelling to any other European destination.
You can find complete information on that link to the British Tourism Authorisation. Travelling to Britain with your dog What your pet will need when entering Britain from another EU country:
You can also visit the PETS web site. for more information and news.
If you do not have the proper documentation for your pet, the customs officers have the right to detain the animal.
Consequences may be:
In the worst case -if quarantine and sending back are no option- the animal can be euthanized. If this occurs, all extra costs for this operation are billed to the owner of the pet.
What about the old passport / vaccine registration?.
The EU-passport is obligatory for any dog or cat that travels to another country. The vet can register the valid vaccinations from your old registration book to the new passport. It is recommended to save the old registration book or pet passport.
Commercially kept pets.
For the international transport of commercially kept dogs and cats there already exists harmonized regulations and demands (Guideline 92/65/EEG). The demands for non-commercially kept and commercially kept animals will be more or less the same. For example, the rabies vaccination is the same for both groups of pets. The rule that your pet needs to have had a clinical examination by a certified vet still exists. In the new EU-passport the vet can make all the required notes.