Did you know that the quarantine restrictions for cats and dogs travelling to Britain from the United States and
Canada are to be lifted? The government announced the changes in November 2002 after the restrictions had been
in place for 100 years. The news will please various pet-owning celebrities who have pressed for the change.
The change will mean that pets, which currently have to spend 6 months in quarantine when entering Britain from the US,
will be allowed in directly if they are fitted with an owner's microchip and if they have been vaccinated and blood-tested
to ensure they do not increase the risk of rabies in Britain.
The animal health minister, Elliot Morley, disclosed, in a parliamentary written answer, the plans to extend the pet
passport scheme, which was introduced nearly four years ago, for animals arriving from Europe. It has since been
extended to pets from Australia, Japan, Hawaii and rabies-free islands.