All you need to know about pet travel in the UK and EU after Brexit

Travelling with pets from one country to another always seems to be a hectic and tedious process. And if you’re coming from the United Kingdom and you’re planning to travel to Europe, there are certain rules and regulations you have to follow to be able to bring your pet with you safely and back.

At present, dogs, cats, and ferrets are granted permission to travel alongside their owners, as long as they hold valid EU pet passports that have been issued in the UK as well as other EU countries. 

Besides, you are allowed to bring your pet across EU countries and the UK only if you’ve proven that your pet has a microchip and has already gotten its rabies vaccination. This is all appointed under the EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

Brexit transition period

The policies regarding pet travel will remain the same throughout all of 2020. According to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), operations will resume until the end of the year where the transition period will end. Rules on transportation and necessary documents will remain the same.

As far as the needed vaccine goes, blood tests and analysis are not required. For more information, you can check out the UK Government’s website.

A good tip for those who travel often with their pets bearing a UK-issued pet passport to a certain EU country, getting a pet passport issued in the EU will save you a lot of time.

UK to EU after Brexit

To ensure you won’t be dealing with problems regarding pet travel after the Brexit transition period, you need to stay updated with your vet as early as 4 months before your supposed travel date.

If the UK does leave the EU with a deal, PETS will divide the UK under 2 listings: Part 1 and Part 2. 

Part 1

A Part 1 listed country means it will continue operations under the same PETS rules but using a UK-issued pet passport. This is the only kind of passport you’ll be needing for your pet when you travel to the EU with them, as long as you make sure your pet’s vaccines are updated.

Part 2

On the other hand, a Part 2 listed country will require a microchip and anti-rabies vaccination for your pet at least 21 days before your supposed travel date. You will also need an animal health certificate (AHC) from a vet to prove your pet’s situation at least 10 days before you travel. It will be required every time you plan to travel with your pet, alongside making sure your dogs are free from tapeworms.

No Deal Brexit

During an improbable matter that involves the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the country will become unlisted under PETS. This means your pet’s UK-issued passport will be invalid if you’re planning to travel to the EU.

Instead, you will need at least 4 months before your planned travel to have your pet microchipped and receive its anti-vaccination and a blood test for analysis. 

EU to UK After Brexit

If you’re coming from the EU and would like to travel back to the UK and your pet has a UK pet passport issued from the EU, you can safely fly to the UK and back. Given that your pet’s vaccination records are complete as well. For more information, you may check out the UK Government’s website.

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