Vietnam to the United Kingdom

Pet travel

There is no quarantine for cats and dogs in the UK if the import steps are followed correctly. We are here to help make the process easy for you. Book your travel consultation today!

Government regulations change frequently – the information contained here is accurate to the best of our knowledge but be aware that it can change anytime and should be verified before traveling.


Before entering the UK your pet must have:

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations against Rabies and Core dog / cat vaccines
  • Parasite Treatment
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Government International Health Certificate to fly


Your pet must be microchipped before, or at the same time as their rabies vaccination. If you do not, they will need to be vaccinated again.

  • The microchip is injected under your pet’s skin near their left shoulder blade
  • This is not a tracking device, but is a way to identify and register your dog/cat

Rabies & Core Vaccines

  • Must be given less than a year prior to departure and no less than 30 days
  • Pet must be at least 3 months of age or older

Rabies Antibody Titer Test

Needed for pets traveling to Europe, UK, Japan, Korea, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hawaii, New Zealand. A blood sample is taken from your pet and sent to a Certified Lab in the United Kingdom. We receive the results 6-8 weeks after.

  • The dog or cat must have had their rabies vaccine 1+ months before starting the rabies titer process
  • Must have a microchip for the titer test.
  • Your pet cannot enter the UK until 3 months after the blood is drawn.
  • Valid for the pet’s lifetime in most countries on the condition that the Rabies Vaccine booster is given annually, prior to the expiration of the last rabies vaccination.


Before your pet enters the UK, your pet must be treated against certain internal and external parasites by a licensed veterinarian 1–5 days prior to entering the country


Veterinary Health Certificate

A licensed veterinarian must complete the Health Certificate for your pet within 5 days of travel.

Government International Health Certificate

Must be completed 7 days prior to departure. Paws International Clinic will complete this step for you. Please bring the following to your appointment:

  1. A printed copy of the owner’s passport
  2. A printed copy of your pet’s vaccination book
  3. Your pet’s vaccination book
  4. Address in Danang
  5. Address at destination
  6. Printed copy of your flight itinerary

Cage Requirements

We highly recommend that you start to acclimate your pet to their travel crate and practice crate training. This will make their travel experience less stressful. During your travel consultation, we will measure, weigh and calculate what size crate is best for your dog or cat. The carrier must be IATA approved.

Flight and Manifest Cargo

Due to the regulations set by commercial airlines, pets may only arrive as manifest (air) cargo on approved airlines into the United Kingdom. Each airline has their own requirements so make sure you do your research carefully.

  • What is manifest cargo? The pet is booked on their own ticket and your dog/cat can arrive before or after you.
  • An import agent is required to clear your pet through customs upon arrival in the UK

Entering by Land

If entering by Eurostar, ferry, coach etc. (other than flying) then the cargo requirements do not apply. This alternative option is more cost effective! We suggest flying from Vietnam into France, and pets can go as excess baggage. Excess baggage means the pet is linked to their owner’s flight booking.

The same steps must be followed when entering France. Prior to departure, schedule an appointment with a veterinarian (in Paris) to help you prepare the necessary documents to issue your pet a EU passport. A EU passport is needed to enter Europe, but it is not a requirement for leaving.

Requirements & Procedures for International Travel

Government regulations change frequently – the information contained here is accurate to the best of our knowledge but be aware that it can change anytime and should be verified before travelling.


For all the Paws International Clinic’s existing clients, there is the Digitail app! Digitail keeps all your pet’s data is in one place. Access it anytime, anywhere – it’s easy and free!