Taking your pet to Europe after Brexit

We've compiled everything you need to know about taking your pet abroad. Find out more about pet passports, vaccinations and returning to the UK.

Pet passports for Europe after Brexit

Pets should still be able to travel with their owners after Britain leaves the EU. From January 2021 you will not be able to use your existing pet passport to enter the EU and Pet travel requirements will change.

The government has advised pet owners to contact their vet at least four months in advance of travel.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal it may become a 'third country' for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme but we don't yet know which of the 3 possible categories of 'third country' will be assigned.

Will you need to vaccinate your pet?

In the worst case scenario of the UK being classified as an 'unlisted third country', your pet will need an up to date rabies vaccination and a blood test to show sufficient levels of the rabies antibody.

You should have the blood test at least 30 days after the vaccination and at least 3 months before travel date. For this reason the government is advising to start the process 4 months before your travel date. 

Your vet will be able to tell you what you need to do depending on previous treatment or blood tests that your pet might have received.

To stay up to date with the latest information, see the government advice.

Coming back to the UK with your pet after Brexit

The government has said that there will be no change to the current requirements for pets entering the UK from the EU after the scheduled leave date.

Your pet should have the tapeworm treatment between 24 and 120 hours before your scheduled entry back to the UK.

Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:

  • an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens)
  • the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU
  • a UK pet health certificate (issued outside the UK for travel into the UK only)

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