Pet travel post Brexit
Updated: Nov 9, 2022
– if you’re planning to take your furry friend abroad then this article is for you!
The rules and regulations for EU travel changed on the 1st January meaning the UK blue Pet Passports are no longer valid. With lockdown lifting and restrictions easing now is the time to plan ahead if you’re dreaming of sunnier climates with your pet pooch in tow.
The link below will give you all the information you need but we've also given you a brief overview.
In order to get the travel certificate needed to take your pet abroad (The AHC – Animal Health Certificate) you pets needs a microchip placed or read before any rabies vaccination and a valid rabies vaccination at least 21 days before certification and when the pet was at least 12 weeks of age. Your pet's animal health certificate will be valid after the date of issue for 10 days for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland. 4 months for onward travel within the EU and 4 months for re-entry to Great Britain. Your pet will need a new animal health certificate for each trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland from Great Britain. More information can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain
The majority of our vets are designated Official Veterinarians for the government so are able to complete the paperwork for you. We just ask you to complete some paperwork ahead of the appointment in order to help us prepare. We also ask for payment ahead of the appointment which is non-refundable. The current cost of an AHC is £125 with £15 per additional pet.
If you want to book an appointment just give us a call and we can talk you through everything. The certificates must be issued within 10 days of the travel date but we would recommend booking them 3-5 days before travel in case plans change or there is a problem in issuing the paperwork.