Taking Your Pet Abroad
Travelling to Europe from 1st January 2021
travel. The UK will become a third country from 1st January 2021. Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed. Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category the UK becomes on 1st January 2021, which hasn’t been decided yet. To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU from 1st January 2021, you should check on “https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit” or contact your Vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice. For now, before your dog, cat or ferret can travel, you’ll need to take the following steps:
- You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
- 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.
- Your pet’s blood sample will be sent to a to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.
- Wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you can travel.
- 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 (AHC).
- You must also take your pet to your Vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an AHC. (The AHC needs to be signed by an official Vet).
- You must take proof of:
- your pet’s vaccination history
- your pet’s microchipping date
- a successful rabies antibody blood test result
- your pet’s AHC 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
Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta
Entry rules for pets entering the UK from unlisted non-EU countries to Europe from 1 January 2021
|What has to be done||Currently||From 1 January 2021|
|Documentation||Yes, Pet Passport||Yes, possible Third Country Certificate (yet to be decided)|
|Blood test (dogs and cats)||No||Yes, blood sample taken at least 30 days after vaccination.|
|Pre-entry waiting period||Yes||Yes|
|Length of waiting period before entry to the UK||21 days after vaccination against rabies||3 months from date sample taken for blood test (4 months from vaccination)|
|Tapeworm treatment||Yes (1 to 5 days before embarkation)||Yes (1 to 5 days before embarkation)|
Arriving in the EU
- your pet’s microchip
- rabies vaccination
- successful blood test results
- tapeworm treatment (if required)
- your pet’s health certificate
Repeat trips to the EU
- microchipping date
- rabies vaccination history
- successful rabies antibody blood test result
- Pets do not need a repeat blood test before travelling again if they have:
- had a successful blood test
- an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history
Return to the UK
- an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or the UK before 1 January 2021)
- the AHC emitted in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued)
- a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)
- other UK countries
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
- the Republic of Ireland
Travel from countries not free from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)
- Take your pet for a health check by your vet in advance of your journey. Get advice from your vet on pregnant animals.
- Speak to the carrier in advance to ascertain the conditions that your pet will travel in and to ensure that you have the required paperwork.
- Do not use sedatives unless advised by a vet.
- Give your pet only a light meal about 2 hours before travel.
- Check with the carrier that your pet will have full and constant access to fresh water.
- Use a container which enables your pet to stand, sit and lie down in a natural position, and to turn around quickly. The box should contain absorbent bedding and provide ample ventilation. A familiar toy can help your pet get used to the container.
- Ensure that your pet will not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Try and match your pets sleeping patterns by travelling overnight where possible.