Travelling With Your Pet After Brexit: UPDATE

Travel with your pet to the EU will still be possible after UK leaves the EU, however you may need to take some additional steps in the event of a no deal Brexit. Please read our updated guidance.

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When the UK leaves the EU it will become a third country.

Under the EU Pet Travel Scheme a third country is listed in one of three categories:

  • Unlisted
  • Part 1 listed
  • Part 2 listed

The requirements for pet travel to the EU will change depending on which category of third country the UK becomes listed as on the day it leaves the EU. The UK is looking like it will be categorised as unlisted if it leaves the EU with no deal.

How Will Pet Travel Be Affected If The UK Is An Unlisted Country?

If the UK is categorised as unlisted, a current EU pet passport that was issued in the UK will not be valid for EU travel.

You will therefore need to take the following steps to travel to the EU:

  • Your pet must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies before it travels.
  • A blood sample must be taken and tested at least 30 days after the rabies vaccinations.
  • This blood sample must then be sent to an EU-approved testing laboratory.
  • Blood test results must show that the vaccination was successful.
  • You must then wait three months from the date of a successful blood sample before you can travel to the EU.
  • You must get your pet’s health certificate from an Official Veterinarian (OV), with the date the blood sample was taken on it.

If the blood test is not successful, your pet will need to have a repeat vaccination and a blood test taken at least 30 days after this vaccination.

Your dog will also need to be treated for tapeworm before travel if they are travelling to EU listed tapeworm free countries (Finland, Ireland & Malta) from the UK

Getting An Animal Health Certificate For Travel

You will need to get your animal health certificate (AHC) from an official veterinarian (OV) nor more than 10 days before travel to the EU. In order to get your AHC, you must bring the following items with you:

  • Your pet’s vaccination history
  • Your pet’s microchipping date
  • A successful rabies antibody blood test result
  • Tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Ireland & Malta

The AHC would be valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry in to the EU
  • 4 months of onward travel with the EU after the date of entry to the EU
  • Re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue.

Repeat Trips To The EU

IF your pet has previously had a successful blood test and subsequent up to date rabies vaccination history they do not need to repeat the blood test for repeat trips to the EU.

Your pet will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU. In order to get your new AHC you will need to take your pet to an OV no more than 10 days before EU travel and take the following proof with you:

  • Your pet’s vaccination history
  • Your pet’s microchipping date
  • A successful rabies antibody blood test result
  • Tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Ireland & Malta

Re-entering The UK

For re-entry to the UK your pet requires one of the following documents:

  • An existing EU pet passport (either issued in the EU, or issued in the UK prior to EU Exit)
  • The Animal Health Certificate that was issued in the UK for travel in the EU
  • A UK pet health certificate (this is valid for travel in to the UK only)

How Will Pet Travel Be Affected If The UK Is A Listed Country?

The documentation that you require will vary depending on whether the UK becomes a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country:

If The UK Gets Part 1 Listed Country Status

In order to travel with your pet if the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country, you must have your pet:

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated against rabies before travel
  • Ensure your dog’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date
  • Treated against tapeworm where necessary

You will also need to apply for a new document – the UK pet passport. Your pet can travel to the EU on this document for its lifetime (or until it becomes full) as long as you keep up to date with their rabies vaccinations.

If The UK Gets Part 2 Listed Country Status

In order to travel with your pet if the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country, you must have your pet:

  • Microchipped
  • Vaccinated against rabies before travel
  • Ensure your dog’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date
  • Treated against tapeworm where necessary

You will then need to get an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) from an OV no more than 10 days before travel.

A new AHC will be required for each trip your pet makes to the EU.

Finding An Official Veterinarian (OV)

We have a number of official veterinarians across our practices, who will be able to administer an Animal Health Certificate for EU travel.

Contact your nearest practice.

Useful Links & Help

We strongly recommend that you read the advice and guidance provided by the Government on their website:

Pet Travel To Europe After Brexit

Guidance On Exporting Animals, Animal Products, Fish and Fishery Products

If you need more information please contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline:

(They can be contacted Monday to Friday, 08.30-17.00. They are closed on bank holidays)

Out of hours emergency

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