Pet Travel Advice

Brexit update
For those precious pet owners with passports, unfortunately it is still unclear how the pet travel regulations will change after 31 January 2020. If the UK leaves the EU with a deal in place, then your pet will still be able to travel with their current EU pet passports.

In the likelihood that the UK leaves EU without a deal, the UK will become an ‘unlisted third country’. In this scenario, your pet’s existing passport will no longer be recognised for travel, and your pets will need to undergo additional requirements before setting off on their next family trip. These documents will take time to prepare and this could take you up to four months, so we would recommend you begin the process as soon as possible.

We have Official Veterinarians (OVs) who are experienced at completing the Pet Passport paperwork. Please note that for many non-EU countries (e.g. South Africa, Australia, New-Zealand etc.) you cannot use a Pet Passport, and an Export Health certificate (EHC) is instead required.

For up-to-date information on your legal obligations when travelling abroad with your pet, we recommend that you contact Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for full details of current requirements.

Pet passports

Taking your pet to Europe can be very exciting, but it does require advance planning in order to ensure that all the required documentation and vaccinations are in place. Before travel your pet must:

  • Have a valid Pet Passport signed by an Official Veterinarian
  • Be microchipped
  • Have been vaccinated against rabies at least three weeks before travelling
  • Be protected against ticks for the whole time you are away. Ticks in Europe carry dangerous diseases that we don’t have in the UK. We recommend that you check your pet for ticks after walks and remove any you find with a tick remover.
  • Have tapeworm treatment administered by a vet 24 – 120 hours before your scheduled arrival back to the UK (dogs only)

Depending on where you are going, you may also need Sandfly protection against Leishmania and also Heartworm protection. These diseases are not present in the UK but are found in southern Europe, so please talk to us for specific advice that suits both your plans and your pet.

Please note that for many non-EU countries (e.g. South Africa, Australia, New-Zealand etc.) you cannot use a Pet Passport, and an Export Health certificate (EHC) is instead required.

For up-to-date information on your legal obligations when travelling abroad with your pet, we recommend that you contact Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for full details of current requirements.