Anyone out there who can tell me whether I have to move pets from UK to BAOR by an approved carrier. Understand the process involved in pet passport. Surely if thats in order I can just bundle them in car. Any advice gratefully received.
Be aware that when you do the blood tests for rabies (I did all this with my hound a year ago), you cannot bring it back into the UK for 6 months after the test. As such, either make sure the test is done well in advance or plan on the beast not returning to the UK for a while.
Part of the process is microchipping the animal and I have heard that if you go to a working dog unit they can sort it out dead cheap. I heard this from another serving chap but did not do it myself as it was all done before I got the info.
Sorry, just to add that you should be able to ge the Mswt (equivalent of VAT) back if you get your pets chipped in Germany - it might be cheaper than the UK for 2 cats & a dog (all depends how quickly you want to get back to the UK)? It would be worth getting in touch with your German Hive to get a recommendation for a vet who would be able to quote you a price - the majority speak good English and know the score.
I took my dog tp BFG via Hull Rotterdam, really easy cost me next to nothing on the overnight ferry, had to stick him in a kennel on the car deck but no real dramas. As long as you follow the rules of the pet passport scheme you'll have no problems.
I brought my dog back and forward for about four years. I would recommend when you come back to UK that you have a file for each animal and keep every sprap of paper from birth in the file. Twice I got to the port and they asked for something we didn't know we needed but because of the file we could travel.
As for going out, as long as the carrier is happy, no paperwork is needed.