We become an unlisted ‘Third Country’
This scenario would cause the most difficulties preparing for travel in 2019, after 29th March. This scenario would be the result of a no-deal Brexit.
In this case pet owners intending to travel with their pet from the UK to EU countries would need to discuss preparations for their pet’s travel with a suitably qualified vet at least four months in advance of the date they wish to travel. At Vets4Pets we recommend giving your vet as much notice as possible, as this is the absolute minimum and the process can take much longer.
Pets would have to visit their suitably qualified vet to undertake the following order of preparation for travel:
- Pets would have to be vaccinated against rabies, following the instructions within the manufacturer’s datasheet, as a primary course, on or after the date of microchipping. This is also part of the current pet passport regulations.
- Blood would have to be collected from the pet for a rabies antibody titre test at least 30 days after the date of the rabies vaccination to measure if the immune response has been adequate. If this test is failed, then another rabies vaccination must be given and the process restarted.
- Following demonstration of an adequate immune response to the rabies vaccination, pets would have to wait at least 3 months from the date of blood collection to the date of travel.
- You must take your pet to an Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate.
- The shortest time from starting to ending this process is four months.
Your pet health certificate would be valid for:
- 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
- 4 months of onward travel within theEU
- Re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue
A new health certificate would be required for each trip.
On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pets would be required to enter through a designated Travellers Point of Entry. Here, you may be asked to present proof of your pet’s microchip, rabies vaccination and the blood test result alongside their health certificate.