Brexit news, new rules for EU pet travel from 1 January 2021
Following the UK leaving the EU at the beginning of January 2021, Pet Passports are no longer valid instead, if you wish to travel to the EU with your cat, dog or ferret, you must visit your vet to get an animal health certificate (AHC), no more than 10 days before travel.
UK has Part 2 listed status under the EU Pet Travel Scheme, but what does this mean?
The good news is that from January 2021 onwards you can still travel with your cat, dog or ferret from the UK to the EU and Northern Ireland as the UK has been granted Part 2 listed status under the EU Pet Travel Scheme however, there are new requirements you must adhere to in order to travel.
Existing pet passports issued in the UK are no longer valid and instead your pet will need a replacement animal health certificate (AHC) along with the other existing requirements in order to travel:
Your dog, cat or ferret must be microchipped.
A valid rabies vaccination is needed.
Dogs must be treated against tapeworm 24-120 hours before landing, if they are travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway and Malta.
No more than 10 days before travel to the EU or Northern Ireland you must visit your vet with your pet to get an animal health certificate (AHC).
Some countries may have additional rules so do check before travel for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel.
On your return there will be no change to the current health preparations or documents for pets entering the UK from the EU or Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.
For further information on pet travel post Brexit visit gov.uk.