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Brexit and the Pet Travel Scheme

Assuming Britain leaves the EU on 29th March 2019, there are three potential outcomes for the UK with regard to pets travelling abroad to an EU country.

Potential outcome 1

The UK becomes a ‘Part 1 listed country’

If this happens, then the set up with regard to Pet Passports, Rabies vaccination and worming will remain pretty much as it is now – very little will change.

Potential outcome 2

The UK becomes a ‘Part 2 listed country’

If this occurs then all the current passport regulations would still apply but animals would also require a ‘Model Health Certificate’ to travel.  It is expected that this certificate would have to be issued by an Official Veterinarian at least 21 days post Rabies vaccination and within 10 days of travel.  The certificate would be valid for 4 months for travel within the EU.

Potential outcome 3

The UK becomes an ‘Unlisted country’

In this instance, the following requirements for travel would need to be adhered to:

  • A blood sample would need to be taken 30 days after Rabies vaccination.
  • The animal would not be able to travel until:

a)  They have a Rabies antibody titre certificate from the approved laboratory.  This confirms they have the required level of antibodies to Rabies and proves their response to the vaccination

b)  3 months have passed since the date the blood sample was taken

c)  they have a  ‘Model Health Certificate’, as described in ‘Potential outcome 2’

  • The animal would have to enter the EU via a designated travellers point of entry (as yet, an unspecified location).

Any of the outcomes are possible and it is important to consider the above information and rabies blood testing if you plan to take your pet abroad after Brexit.  We would recommend booking an appointment to see your vet in order to discuss these options and whether taking additional precautionary measures would be appropriate for you.


Advice on the Pet Travel Scheme

pet_travel_schemeThe Pet Travel Scheme allows animals to travel abroad without the need to be quarantined.  Changes were made to this scheme which came into effect on 29th December 2014.

Passports now use laminated strips, making it more difficult for critical details to be altered, and a unique passport number is printed on each page of the passport.  If you already have a pet passport issued before the 29th December 2014, you do not need a new one.

Definitions of dog, cat and ferret are now provided to prevent the transport of wild animals.  Owners of Bengal and Savannah cats and Wolfdogs will need to consult AVHLA on 0370 241 11710 before travelling.

Other changes include:

  • Your vet completes their details on the ‘issuing of the passport’ page and certifies vaccinations and treatments have been given.
  • Checks on pet passports are being introduced across the EU.
  • Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before you can get them vaccinated against rabies for the purposes of pet travel.
  • Additional rules have also been placed on those travelling with more than 5 pets.

Read more about these changes here DEFRA – information for pet owners and further information for pet owners wishing to take their pet abroad, can be found at http://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners.

Certain countries have their own requirements in addition to those laid out in the Pet Travel Scheme.  Before travelling, we strongly recommend you establish the particular requirements of not only your destination but also all other countries through which you intend to pass.  Guidance can be found on the GOV.uk website and contact us too, we’ll help you get ready.