During the transition period, UK pet owners will be able to travel to the EU with their dog, cat or ferret, using a current UK-issued EU pet passport.
If your pet does not have a passport, you will need to visit your vet. More information about pet passports is available here
As the market leader for pet travel we have compiled a list of the DEFRA procedures for you to follow to ensure your pet complies with the current PET Travel Scheme.
How to prepare for travel with your pet to any EU country from 1 January 2021.
The UK will become a third country from 1 January 2021. Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed.
In the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are 3 categorisations of third country:
Part 1 listed
Part 2 listed.
Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category the UK becomes on 1 January 2021.
To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU from 1 January 2021, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.
If the UK becomes an unlisted country
A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU.
Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel, you’ll need to take the following steps.
1. You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
2. Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination). Your vet may recommend a booster rabies vaccination before this test.
3.Your pet’s blood sample will be sent to a to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory.
4. Wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you can travel.
5.The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in an animal health certificate (AHC)..
You will not be able to travel with your pet if you have not completed these steps.
If the blood test result is not successful, you’ll need a repeat vaccination and another blood test taken at least 30 days after the repeat vaccination.
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