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Pet Travel Advice 2021

What you need to know about travelling to the EU with your pet

Current Advice from GOV Website

Where does the UK stand now as far as Pet Travel to EU goes?

As of Jan 1st 2021, UK Pet Passports are no longer going to be accepted for animals travelling from the UK to EU countries.  You can still use a previously issued Pet Passport to:

  • Return back to the UK if you are abroad in the EU after Jan 1st 2021.

  • Travel onwards  from current EU member states to other EU member states after Jan 1st 2021. (not the UK)

If you are wanting to take your pet abroad after Jan 1st 2021 then you will need a new Animal Health Certificate (AHC).

How does the Animal Health Certificate (AHC) process work?

  • Your pet must be microchipped
  • You must have a rabies vaccine
  • You do NOT need to have a blood test taken
  • Let us know WHERE you will be entering the EU
  • You will need to see your vet within 10 days prior to travel
  • Your AHC is valid for 10 days for entry in to the EU

Your pet must be microchipped

This will need to be checked/inserted prior to any rabies vaccines.  This can be done at the same appointment if required.

You must have a rabies vaccine

Pets must be over 12 weeks old.  The rabies vaccine can NOT be given within 2 weeks of any other vaccination.

The vaccine we currently use lasts for THREE years before booster vaccination will be required.

We will need proof of rabies vaccination

If your pet has a Pet Passport already, or you have had the rabies vaccine done at our practice then this will suffice as proof.  

However, if your pet has had a rabies vaccine at a different practice and you do not have an existing Pet Passport, then you may require a further rabies vaccine with us and a further 21 day wait.  We strongly suggest you check with us well in advance if you are not sure.

You CAN'T travel until 21 days AFTER the rabies vaccine.

This is very important as you will need to plan ahead.   Animals risk being quarantined if you travel within this 21 day period.

You do NOT need to have a blood test taken

The regulations do not require a serological blood test to be taken.  Some animals may have already had samples taken but these are now not required.

Let us know WHERE you will be entering the EU

This is because we need to obtain the certificate in dual language - English AND the language of the point of entry to the EU.  Please note - it is the country you ENTER the EU and not your final destination.

You will need to see your vet within 10 days prior to travel

The AHC is only valid for 10 days once it has been issued.  You need to plan ahead so you can get your appointment with us within the correct time window for your planned entry into the EU.

You will need to book a 40 minute appointment.

The new AHC is a complex  and time consuming document.  Your vet will need plenty to time to examine your pet, complete and check the documents as well as copy and certify all the other paperwork required.

Your AHC is valid for 10 days for entry in to the EU

Your AHC is valid for 10 days for entry in to the EU and 4 months for onward travel.

However, this does mean that you will require a NEW AHC each time you want to travel to the EU.
Even if this is within close proximity to a previous AHC being issued. 

How much does it cost?

This process is going to be more costly than the old Pet Passport System due to the complexity of  the documentation and the time taken to complete and finalise all your documents.

Each appointment with the vet will be 40 mins long and the cost includes all your documentation at the end required to travel.   Please remember that this will be required every time that you want to take your pet to the EU.

The current price is £125.  For people travelling with more than one pet, each additional animal will cost £75 if done at the same time.

(Prices include VAT). 

Do you have any further advice?

This is a very new system and our practice feels that there is likely to be some significant teething problems and issues that arise.  We would strongly suggest that you consider delaying taking your pet abroad for the time being, until this new process has been tested and refined.

Practice information

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