Holidays with our four-legged friends - an update on pet travel

Currently dogs, cats and ferrets can travel to the EU using the Pet Passport Scheme. This means pets are issued a passport from an official Veterinarian (OV). The passport certifies the rabies vaccination status of the pet and microchip identification number. It also details parasite treatment that is mandatory to re-enter the United Kingdom. This needs to be given 24-120 hours before returning the the UK.

The worry is that Pet passports may become invalid depending on the outcome of Brexit. The government have published advice for the "worst-case scenario” post Brexit. This includes the potential requirement of a rabies vaccine, followed by a blood test 30 days later.

Providing that this blood test demonstrates adequate immunity, the pet would then be allowed to travel 3 months after the blood test was taken. In these cases, an animal health certificate (AHC) would be provided rather than a Pet Passport. This would be valid for travel for up to 10 days after issuing, with re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issuing.

This would mean owners would need to begin this process at least 4 months before they plan to travel!

If you are planning to travel with your pet in the next 12 months then it would be a good idea to have a chat with one of our vets about what might be required. You can visit to keep yourself updated with the current scheme and future plans.

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