Rules about taking your pet on holiday in Europe will drastically change after the UK leaves the European Union.
However, should Britain leave the EU without a a deal, these passports will no longer be valid.
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If there is no deal, this is what pet owners will have to do if they want to take their cat or dog on holiday in Europe:
You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped 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. Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory . The results of the blood test must show a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml. You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you 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.
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 then a blood test taken at least 30 days after the repeat vaccination.
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Dogs travelling from the UK to EU listed tapeworm-free countries (Finland, Republic of Ireland and Malta) must be treated for tapeworm 24 to 120 hours (1 to 5 days) before arriving in one of those countries.
You must take proof of:
If you’re travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta it must have additional treatment against tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis). The vet must enter full details on the animal health certificate following treatment.
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On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE) . 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
Return to the UK
Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:
an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK prior to EU Exit) the animal health certificate issued 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)
Check the routes before you travel . You must travel on approved routes. Your documents and microchip will be checked when entering England, Scotland or Wales (Great Britain). Different rules apply in Northern Ireland .
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU after Exit.
other UK countries the Channel Islands the Isle of Man the Republic of Ireland
You need to take your dog to a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK for an approved tapeworm treatment. This requirement won’t change after the UK leaves the EU.
UK nationals living in the EU
If you’re living in the EU and plan to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your local vet. They’ll be able to help you understand the impact of EU Exit and ensure you’re compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations .
If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to the UK.
You can also use it to return to the EU, as long as your pet has had a successful rabies antibody blood test. You must make sure the blood test is taken at least 30 days after the date of rabies vaccination.
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If the blood sample is taken in the UK you must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel back to the EU. You do not have to wait the 3 months before travelling if your pet has a successful blood test before leaving the EU.
If the UK becomes a listed third country
A small number of countries and territories are Part 1 listed. They operate under the same EU Pet Travel Scheme rules as EU member states but with a different type of pet passport. Most countries are Part 2 listed, which means there are different requirements for travelling with your pet.
You’ll need to obtain documents that will replace the EU pet passport from an official vet. The type of document you need depends on whether the UK becomes a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country.
Part 1 listed country status
If the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies before travel. You’ll need to make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed.
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You must also apply for a new document, the UK pet passport. You can use this for travel to the EU for your pet’s lifetime (or until full) as long as your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.
Part 2 listed country status
If the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies before travel. You’ll need to make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed.
Your pet will need a new animal health certificate for each trip to the EU if the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country. On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets need to enter through a designated TPE. At the TPE, you may need to present proof of microchip and rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment if required.
Find an official vet
Speak to your vet to find your nearest official vet. Many veterinary practices will have one in their team.
Telephone: 0370 241 1710 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm (closed on bank holidays)