No Deal Brexit – Impact On Pet Travel In Europe

Advice for owners on travelling to the EU with their pet post Brexit.

It is unlikely although not impossible that we will leave the EU with no deal.

This will have an impact on people wishing to travel abroad to the EU with their pets.

At the moment there is no deal regarding pet travel so people planning on travelling to the EU from 29th March 2019 will need to be informed of their options.

No Deal Brexit Only

New Information from The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In the case of a no deal Brexit, after EU Exit, EU pet passports issued by UK Official Veterinarians (OVs) would no longer be valid. Instead, a pet travelling from the UK to the EU would need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC).

In this scenario, an AHC will be valid for:

• A single trip
• 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
• 4 months of onward travel within the EU after the date of entry to the EU
• Re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue.

Pet owners travelling with more than 5 pets, and not attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event, must follow the commercial rules for importing animals:

https://www.gov.uk/goverment/collections/guidance-on-importing-and-exporting-live-animals-or-animal-products

Owners would need to contact the surgery in advance so that the correct paperwork can be ordered.


Potential Outcome 1 – The UK becomes a Part 1 listed country

If the UK ends up as a part 1 listed country then the set up with regard to pet passports & rabies vaccinations will remain pretty much as it is at the moment. Very little will change.

Potential Outcome 2 – The UK becomes a Part 2 listed country

If the UK ends up as a part 2 listed country then all the current passport regulations would still apply but animals would also require a Model Health Certificate to travel.

It is expected that a model health certificate would be issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV)* at least 21 days post Rabies vaccination and within 10 days of travel. The certificate would be valid for 4 months for travel within the EU.

* We have these at our practice, so don’t worry.

Potential Outcome 3 – The UK becomes an Unlisted country

If the UK became an unlisted country then the following requirements for travel would need to be adhered to:

  • A blood sample would need to be taken 30 days after vaccination with Rabies
  • The animal would not be able to travel until it had a certificate with a required antibody titre from an approved laboratory and 3 months had elapsed since the date of blood sampling
  • The animal would also require a Model Health Certificate
  • The animal would have to enter the EU via a designated travellers point of entry (as yet, unspecified location).