Pet Travel Abroad

Travelling to Europe or Northern Ireland with your pet dog, cat or ferret? Pet travel rules will change from 1st January 2021.

Pet travel during the Brexit transition period (31st January 2020 to 1st January 2021): You can travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK-issued EU pet passport. If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you’ll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.

Pet travel from 1st January 2021: Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, will become a Part 2 listed third country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme from 1st January 2021. A current EU pet passport issued in GB will not be valid for travel to the EU or NI from 1st January 2021.

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Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel to the EU or NI for the first time after 1st January 2021, you’ll need to take the following steps. These steps are similar to the previous 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.

The AHC needs to be signed by an Official Vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets (many of our vets have OV status)

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

Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU or NI.

It’s important to check the latest UK Government information about travelling with your pet well in advance of your trip. It is your responsibility as the pet owner to ensure all requirements are met.


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