As the UK Government has agreed with the EU to a six-month extension of Article 50, Pets will be able to travel to the EU using their current EU pet passport until the UK leaves the EU. No further checks or tests are required.
When the UK leaves the EU
When the UK leaves the EU it will become a third country. The documents required for pet travel to the EU will depend on what category of third country the UK becomes (Part 1 listed, Part 2 listed or unlisted). An AHC will not be required unless the UK becomes an unlisted or part 2 listed country.
If a deal is agreed, and an implementation period is confirmed, pets will be able to continue to travel to the EU under the current pet travel rules using the current EU pet passport.
Part 1 listed country status
If the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country, there will be no changes to the current system. As was previously the case, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies before travel and have a Pet Passport issued. You will need to make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed.
If the UK becomes categorised as a Part 2 listed or unlisted country then the current system changes significantly. Please read the following and feel free to contact one of our veterinarians if you need further clarification or information.
Pet travel if the UK is Part 2 listed or a unlisted country
A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU.
You’ll need to take the following steps:
1. You must have your dog, cat or ferret micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination). Your vet may recommend a booster rabies vaccination before this test.
2. Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.
3. The results of the blood test must be successful in that it shows a high enough rabies antibody level. However, you might find that the blood test result is not successful despite your pet being up to date with its rabies vaccinations. If this happens you’ll need a repeat vaccination and another blood test needs to be taken at least 30 days after the repeat vaccination
4. You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.
5. The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in an Animal Health Certificate.
Animal Health Certificates
You must also take your pet to an official vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an animal health certificate.
You must take proof of:
your pet’s vaccination history
your pet’s micro-chipping date
a successful rabies antibody blood test result
tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Ireland or Malta
Your pet’s animal health certificate will be valid for:
10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue
On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets will need to depart and enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE) which are specific ports, airports or other entry or exit places designated by the EU. At the TPE, you may need to present proof of microchip, rabies vaccination, successful blood test results and tapeworm treatment (if required) with your pet’s health certificate.
Repeat trips to the EU
Pets that have previously had a successful blood test and have an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history do not need to repeat the blood test.
Your pet will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU.
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering GB from the EU after Exit.
You do not have to travel on an approved route if you travel to England, Scotland or Wales from: