After Brexit Pet Travel
Travelling after Brexit to Europe with your pet. Dogs, cats and ferrets have been able to travel to the EU on the basis of a Pet Passport for many years now. The effect of Brexit on pet travel is currently unknown but there are three possible scenarios. Of most impact is the effect of a No Deal Brexit as this has implications if you wish to take your pet to an EU country on or shortly after the 30th March 2019.
A No Deal Brexit may mean that the UK is categorised as an unlisted third country. Your pet would need to undergo the following:
- rabies vaccination
- blood test to prove that the vaccination has been effective. The blood test must be performed at least 30 days after a primary vaccination, as long it is within the vaccine “valid until” date.
- Wait 3 months from the date of a positive blood test result
- If the blood test is negative for antibody response then steps 2,3 and 4 need to be repeated.
Before travelling a pet would need an Official Veterinarian [OV] to issue an EU Model Health Certificate, which would be valid for 10 days after the date of issue for travel to the EU, and for 4 months of travel within the EU. Each trip would require a new Health Certificate.
On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pet would be required to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry.
It is possible that the UK will be categorised as a listed country by the EU, in which case the blood test  would not be necessary, nor the 3 months wait . Hopefully, more information will become available shortly.
So why is this urgent?
Because getting certified for travel under the new rules will take at least 3, and possibly 4 or more months.
So if you want to travel on 29th March, you will need to…
- Get vaccinated or boosted (if needed) by 28th November
- Get a successful rabies blood test by 27th December
- Get a Health Certificate between 19th and 28th March.
If you MUST travel to the EU with your pet on the 29th March 2019 and your pet has not started the process detailed above, you need to start before the 28th November 2018. If the UK gets a deal with the EU then some of this may not apply so keep a close watch on the government Brexit website:
You can contact the practice for further advice.