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With Brexit in 2019, Pet Travel Scheme rules are changing even if you have an existing passport. The following is the advice we have been given and we will update this as and when we receive more information. Visit and search pet travel for more up to date information.

An overview for pet owners
Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.

If pet owners are planning to travel after the current Brexit date of 31st October 2019 the Government will recommend they contact their vet at least four months in advance to check what they need to do. Those wishing to travel to the EU on 1st November 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and by June 2019 at the latest. The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.
The Government has published further guidance for pet owners on its website.

The pet travel scheme implemented the relaxation of rules related to pet travel which came into effect from the 1st Jan 2012. Pets can enter the UK from all over the world providing they meet certain regulations; these can vary depending on the country from which you are travelling from.

All the information and regulations can be found on the DEFRA Pet Travel website.

First and foremost your pet must be
Microchipped & Vaccinated against Rabies

To travel and return to the UK your pet must:

  • Be Microchipped
  • Be Vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travelling
  • Have a Pet Passport issued
  • Use an approved transport company and route
  • If returning to the UK, be treated for tapeworms 24-120 hours before entry to the UK.

Tick treatment is no longer required under the scheme but we would strongly advise protecting your pet while abroad from ticks, sand-flies and mosquitoes which may carry diseases not encountered in the UK. We can advise and supply appropriate preventive treatment.

For full details of the Pet Travel scheme please visit the DEFRA Pet Travel website.

Travel to countries other than those covered under the Pet Travel Scheme is generally more complicated and may require using a specialist pet travel service.

Please contact the surgery if you have any questions about taking your pet abroad.


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