TAKING YOUR PET ABROAD IF THERE IS A 'NO BREXIT DEAL'

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE FULLY AWARE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL -  OF ANYTHING THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR PET PASSPORT

INFORMATION UPDATED 7 NOVEMBER 2018

This is the link to the government website please ensure you have checked everything before you travel:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

The Government is committed to achieving a deal with the EU. But in the unlikely event we do not reach an agreement, we have a duty as a responsible government to plan for every eventuality.

To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 29 March 2019 in any scenario, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

Rules for pet travel

The rules for taking your pet to any EU country will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal and is treated as an unlisted country.

You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.

However, to allow effective contingency planning in the worst case scenario of the UK not being granted third country status, you’ll need to take the following steps to make sure your pet can travel after 29 March 2019:

1.You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. You’ll need to talk to your vet about whether you need a rabies vaccination or booster 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 show that the vaccination was successful (Your pet must have a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml).

4.You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.

5.You must take your pet to a Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate.

If there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.