Travelling with your pet after Brexit?

Pet passportAre you planning to travel to Europe with your pet after 29th March?  Depending on what happens with Brexit, the requirements may change significantly so you can’t rely on your current pet passport.

What will happen if Brexit is delayed?

If all the EU member states agree to an extension of Article 50, things will remain as they are for now and the Pet Travel Scheme with Pet Passports will continue as previously.  If you already have a valid passport for your pet, they should be able to travel as before until a final Brexit decision is made.

What will happen if we leave with no deal?

If a no-deal Brexit happens, the UK will automatically become an unlisted third country when is comes to the EU Pet Travel Regulations.  This means that Pet Passports will be invalid.  The following steps must be taken:
Blood samples

  • Your dog, cat or ferret must be microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies (they need to be at least 12 weeks old).
  • At least 30 days after the vaccination, a blood sample must be taken and sent to an approved laboratory.
  • The blood sample must have a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5iu/ml.  (If your pet was vaccinated some time ago, a repeat vaccination may be needed to get the level up to requirements.  If your pet fails the test, the rabies vaccine should be repeated and another sample tested 30 days after this).
  • Your pet must then wait 3 months from the date of the blood sample before travelling.

Dog in a backpack

  • No more than 10 days before travelling, your pet will need a health certificate issued by an Official Veterinarian or OV (check with your veterinary practice to ensure they have someone who is authorised).
  • This health certificate will be valid for re-entry to the UK or onward travel in the EU for up to 4 months.
  • Your pet will need a new health certificate issued each time you plan to travel but, as long as they are up to date with their rabies vaccination and you have all the documentation of the rabies vaccine and blood test, the blood test will not need to be repeated.

Cat walking along harbour wallWhat if I live in the EU and want to bring my pet back?

You can return to the UK with your pet as long as you have a valid EU pet passport but you will not be able to return to the EU with your pet without fulfilling the requirements above.

All pets returning to the UK from the EU, unless directly from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway, will still require a tapeworm treatment given by a vet between one and five days before arriving in the UK.

For full information, please visit the Government website.

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