New Guidance for Pet Travel to EU

New Guidance for Pet Travel to EU
01 January 2021
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The latest information for pet travel is available here. There have been several changes in the regulations up to this point so please ensure that you follow the most up to date guidance from the government.

The main points are:

Travelling to the EU or NI with your pet

A current EU pet passport issued in GB will not be valid for travel to the EU or NI from 1 January 2021.

Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel to the EU or NI for the first time after 1 January 2021, you’ll need to take the following steps. These steps are similar to the current process for taking your pet to the EU, but you’ll need an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport.

1.     You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped.

2.     Vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies – your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.

3.     Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.

4.     Visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.

Find out more about rabies vaccination boosters and blood tests.

As long as you keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up to date, you will not need to get repeat vaccinations for repeat trips to the EU or NI.

Getting an animal health certificate (AHC)

You must also take your pet to your vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an AHC. The AHC needs to be signed by an official vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets.

You must take proof of:

·         your pet’s microchipping date

·         your pet’s vaccination history

Your pet’s AHC will be valid for:

·         10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU or NI

·         onward travel within the EU or NI for 4 months after the date of issue

·         re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue

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