Important Information on Travelling with a Pet After Brexit
In the event of a No Deal Brexit, there may be changes made to the current Pet Passports Scheme for UK pet owners. Our existing Pet Passport scheme which allows UK owners to take their animals to an Official Veterinarian (OV) three weeks before a trip to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies, would no longer be valid.
Those wishing to travel within the EU in any post Brexit scenario after the 29th March 2019, should make contact with an OV to check the regulations at least 4 months before travel (we have a number of OVs within the practice).
This means that the end of November 2018 deadline has now passed for those wishing to travel in from 29th March to the end of March 2019 and during April 2019.
Pet Passport regulations changes post 'No Deal Brexit'
- You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and rabies vaccinated (or booster - check with your OV)
- Pets must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination
- Vets must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory to check for rabies immunity (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
This process takes at least four months in total
10 days before travel
- You must take your pet to a Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to obtain a health certificate
If there’s no deal, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU
Further information on the issue is available via the GOV.UK website