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The EU Pet travel scheme permits the movement of pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) to the UK without the need for quarantine, as long as certain conditions have been met. This includes documentation, identification, vaccinations and treatments. Depending on which country the animal will be travelling to and from, a blood test may be required. For more information see: www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
If the UK leaves without a deal after the 31/10/2019 the rules for travelling will change and your pet’s current EU passport will no longer be valid for travel to the EU when issued from the UK. To ensure your pet is able to travel between the UK and the EU after in any scenario you would need to start the process at least 4 months in advance even if your pet has previously travelled. When the UK leaves the EU, it will be classed as a ‘third country". In the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are 3 categories of third country: Part 1 Listed; Part 2 Listed, Unlisted. The requirements vary depending on which category the UK becomes. The most likely scenario will be that the UK will be treated as an unlisted country if the UK leaves without a deal.
This would mean no changes in health preparation, just minor documentation changes.
There would be a few additional requirements and a suitably qualified vet would need to issue a Model Health Certificate before travel. This would allow entry into the EU for 10 days after issue, and onward travel and return to the UK for 4 months after issue. A new certificate would be required for each trip. Arrival into the EU must be through a Travellers’ Point of Entry
You would need to ensure the following steps are taken to allow travel. You won’t be able to travel with your pet if you haven’t completed these steps:
Your pet must go to an official vet no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate. You will need proof of the vaccination history, date of microchip, successful antibody blood test result and tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Ireland or Malta. You would need to arrive in the EU through a designated Travellers Point of Entry. You may need to show all documentation here.
- 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.
Pets that have already had a successful blood test and an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history do not need to repeat the blood test. You will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU.
You must ensure you have the following documents when returning to the UK:
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering GB from the EU after Brexit so make sure dogs have had tapeworm treatment administered by a vet 24-120 hours before your arrival in the UK, if travelling from countries which are not free from Echinococcus Multilocularis. You do not need to treat your dogs if coming directly from Finland, Ireland or Malta.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Vet’s Klinic or the Pet Travel Scheme:
Pet Travel Section
Eden Bridge House
Phone: 0370 241 1710 (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm closed bank holidays) please note there may be a charge for this call.
This advice has been provided by the UK Government, through the APHA (Animal Plant and Health Agency).