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Travelling with your pets post Brexit

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When Britain leaves the EU on 29th March 2019 there are three potential outcomes for the UK to be ‘listed’ with regard to pets travelling to the EU.

Outcome 1

The UK becomes a Part 1 listed country.

If the UK ends up as a part 1 listed country then the set up with regard to pet passports & rabies vaccinations will remain pretty much as it is at the moment. Very little will change.

Outcome 2

The UK becomes a Part 2 listed country.

If the UK ends up as a part 2 listed country then all the current passport regulations would still apply but animals would also require a Health Certificate to travel. A health certificate would 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.

Outcome 3

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK then becomes an Unlisted country. Pets Passports will no longer be valid for travel to the EU.

If the UK became an unlisted country then the following requirements for travel would need to be adhered to:

  • You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.

  • Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.

  • The results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful.

  • You must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel.

  • You must take your pet to an Official Veterinarian (OV), no more than 10 days before travel to get a health certificate.

This entire process could take 4 months to complete. For those of you travelling on or immediately after 29 March 2019, it is advisable that you start the vaccination process as soon as possible, to give your pet the best chance of being ready to travel.

What should you do next

Contact your Zasman Vet practice to work out when and if you need to come in to start the vaccination and blood test process. If you are travelling on or just after the 29 March 2019 with your pets and you require rabies vaccinations then your vet will make an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Note that there is comprehensive information on the Defra Website, that outlines a number of scenarios for Brexit deals that the UK might enter into.