PET TRAVEL INFORMATION

Last updated 17 December 2020 – this advice is constantly changing as Brexit negotiations continue.  It is your responsibility to check for the most up to date advice before you travel to the EU via the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021

The UK government has confirmed that the UK with be a Part 2 listed third country for pet travel from January 1st 2021.  This means that rabies antibody blood sampling is NOT required for travel to or from the UK as long as you are travelling to the EU and not an unlisted third country.

There are rules for Travelling to the EU and Returning to the UK

 

Travelling to the EU

 

Before 2300hrs GMT 31 December 2020

You can travel to the EU on a standard PETS passport as per the regulations that have been in place for the last few years pre-Brexit.  This requires a microchip, a rabies vaccine, and a Pet Passport.  You may travel 21 days after the Rabies vaccine (or immediately if the last vaccine was a booster vaccination)

 

After 2300hrs GMT 31 December 2020

EU Pet Passports issued in the UK will no longer be valid for travel to the EU – this looks likely to be the case regardless of whether there is a “deal” or “no deal” situation.

Instead, your pet will need:

  • Microchip
  • Rabies Vaccine from 12 weeks of age
  • Animal Health Certificate or AHC (filled out by an Official Veterinarian – we have several OV’s here)
  • Tapeworm treatment if you are travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland, Norway, or Malta between 1 and 5 days prior to arriving in those countries

Up to 5 animals may travel on a single AHC.

AHCs are only valid to enter the EU for 10 days.   You may travel from 21 days after the rabies vaccination.  In addition you must specify which country you are entering the EU – you cannot change plans after this is issued,  Once in the EU the AHC is valid for 4 months for travel within the EU member states provided the rabies vaccine doesn’t lapse.  AHCs are also valid for return to the UK for 4 months.  If you return to the UK, then go back to the EU, your pet will need a new AHC as they are only valid for 10 days for entry into the EU.

 

Returning to the UK from the EU

 

Before 2300hrs GMT 31 December 2020

Again, there is no change to the pre-Brexit rules – you may return to the UK with a Pet Passport – you just need to have Tapeworm treatment given and signed off if you are travelling to the UK from a country NOT free from the Echinococcus tapeworm (anywhere other than Finland, Republic of Ireland, Norway, or Malta between 1 and 5 days prior to arriving in the UK).

 

After 2300hrs GMT 31 December 2020

If you return after the New Year you need ONE of the following:

  • A valid Pet Passport (issued prior to 1st January 2021
  • An AHC issued in the UK within the last 4 months
  • A UK pet health certificate.

You will also need your pet to have Tapeworm treatment between 1 and 5 days prior to arrival (unless travelling from Finland, Republic of Ireland, Norway, or Malta )

You do NOT need this documentation if you are returning from Northern Island, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.