You can still take your dog, cat or ferret to the EU after Brexit but the rules will change.
These are steps that you need to take before you can travel with a pet:
- Start preparing at least 4 months in advance of your travel date by visiting a vet for advice.
- Have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
- 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).
- Wait 3 calendar months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you can travel.
- Take your pet to a vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an animal health certificate. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU in a No Deal.
Dogs travelling from the UK to EU listed tapeworm-free countries (Finland, Republic of Ireland and Malta) must be treated for tapeworm 24 to 120 hours (1 to 5 days) before arriving in one of those countries.
Get a health certificate
You must also take your pet to a vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an animal health certificate.
You must take proof of:
- your pet’s vaccination history
- your pet’s microchipping date
- a successful rabies antibody blood test result
Your pet’s animal health certificate will be valid for:
- 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
- onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
- re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue
Arriving to the EU
Pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter the EU through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE).
You may need to present proof of:
- your pet’s microchip
- rabies vaccination
- successful blood test results
- tapeworm treatment (if required)
- your pet’s health certificate
To prepare for changes visit gov.uk/brexit-pet-travel
Contact the pet travel helpline if you need more help: Email: email@example.com Telephone: 0370 241 1710 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm (closed on bank holidays)