Travelling Abroad this Summer


With the unknown future surrounding Brexit, pet travel to Europe is one of the many things affected by the ongoing negotiations and we do not have a definitive answer on how UK pets will be able to travel after 29th March 2019. 

If you're planning to travel to Europe with your pet this year, we recommend speaking with your vet at least 4 months prior to your trip.

There are several different possible outcomes and it is recommended that the ‘worst case scenario’ approach is followed until more is known. The current recommendations are in place in case the pet passport scheme takes non-EU status as an unlisted ‘third country’. These requirements are:

  • Your pet must be microchipped
  • Vaccinated against rabies (your pet must be at least 12 weeks of age)
  • A blood sample is taken AT LEAST 30 DAYS after vaccination to check your pet’s immune response has been sufficient. If your pet fails, a further vaccination and subsequent blood test 30 days later are required.
  • Collect a health certificate from your vet no more than 10 days before travel.
  • Travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
  • Dogs entering the UK (apart from Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta) must be treated for tapeworms by a vet with a product containing praziquantel (or equivalent) no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (between 1 and 5 days) before its arrival in the UK.

It is worth noting that if there is 'no deal', pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.

A successful blood test is only required for first time travel to an EU country. This is provided that your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date with boosters before the expiry date of the previous vaccination.

A new health certificate would be required for each trip. 

Your pet health certificate would be valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
  • 4 months of onward travel within the EU
  • re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue

If you are planning on travelling with your pet this summer, please give us a call 01235 814991 / 01491 651379 to book your appointment for vaccinations and/or blood tests as required.