January 8, 2019

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No Deal Brexit and Pet Travel to Europe.

There is understandably much confusion about the rules that will change when and if the UK leaves the EU in March. Much will depend on the exit deal negotiated by HM Government and it is possible that travel to and from the EU after exit may hardly change. We will not know for sure until the deed is done. We are being warned of a “worst case scenario” that may occur on exit and the movement of pets to and from Europe will be catastrophically stopped pending new regulations. Our advice to you in this event is as follows:

  1. Dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to the EU will require proof of adequate antibody levels to Rabies in their blood. This will involve a blood sample being taken at least 30 days after a Rabies inoculation, and if there are sufficient antibody levels, then the animal may enter the EU after a further 3 month period. If you have a current Pet Passport and your pet is up to date with their Rabies vaccination, then a blood test can be done immediately if it is more than 30 days later at the time.
  2. If your pet has already had a blood test under the old scheme or has come from a third country and the Rabies vaccinations have been maintained correctly, then there should be no restriction to travel to the EU or elsewhere other than the requirement for Export Health certification. Your Pets Passport will still be valid.
  3. An Export Health Certificate must be obtained from a certified Vet, such as ourselves, to allow travel to the EU or elsewhere. This Certificate will be valid for 10 days, but once in the EU, travel between Member States will be allowed as at present.

We cannot predict what Regulations will follow EU exit, but anyone wishing to travel with their pet to the EU after March 29 is advised to take action immediately and organise a blood test with us. This may turn out to be unnecessary and a waste of time and expense, but the alternative may be insurmountable disruption to travel plans.

For more in-depth advice about this subject, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal and/or

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

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