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Travel to Europe with pets after 31st December 2020

The following is the latest advice (11th December 2020) from the Animal Plant Health Agency, and is subject to change should Brexit negotiations change in the coming weeks.

As of 23:00 on 31st December 2020, the UK will become a Part 2 listed country in regards to the EU and pet travel. Travellers to Europe with their pets (dogs, cats or ferrets) will no-longer be able to use a UK issued EU Pet Passport.

Instead pets will need to be issued with an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) from their vet. The AHC is:

  • Valid for one single trip only. New AHC must be issued for subsequent trips into the EU.
  • Must be used within 10 day of being issued.
  • Once entered EU, valid for 4 months OR when pet’s rabies vaccine expires (whichever comes first). Can be used for onward travel through EU only.
  • Valid for return to the UK within 4 months of issue.
  • Only for the movement/travel of non-commercial dogs, cats or ferrets.
  • Maximum of 5 pets allowed to travel with owners unless for competitions/training/shows/sporting event (please contact vet for these scenarios).

In order to qualify for an AHC, pets must:

  • Be microchipped (or tattoo that was placed before 03/07/2011).
  • Vaccinated for rabies a minimum of 21 days prior to travel.
  • NO rabies blood test is needed if pet is remaining in the EU for duration of stay and NOT travelling to OR through any unlisted countries.

When returning to the UK:

  • Dogs must receive tapeworm treatment 24-120 hours before return, and have the treatment administered by a vet.

These changes impact travellers arriving in the EU from 23:00 GMT on 31st December 2020.

Vets will be able to issue the new AHCs from 22nd December 2020 onwards. Your vet will need to have Official Veterinarian (OV) status from the Animal Plant Health Agency, please check with your local vet before booking your appointment for an AHC.

For more information, please visit the Gov.uk website here.

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