BREXIT 

Brexit and Your Pet

Due to the upcoming changes to our EU status there may be changes to the way we travel with our pets. Unfortunately we still cannot be sure about the requirements until decisions are made at higher levels but for those wanting to travel from the 30th March next year then it may be necessary to complete some steps now.

The requirements for return to the UK will not change ie tapeworm administration 1-5 days before return.

Option 1 – UK becomes an unlisted country:

For those with a valid up to date passport:

 If the Rabies vaccination was given greater than 1 month previously then a blood test to confirm rabies antibody status can be submitted which will take 3 weeks to process.  3 months after a positive result the pet can travel.

If the Rabies vaccination was less than 1 month ago we must wait for the 1 month before submitting the blood test and then 3 months after a positive result the pet can travel.  

For those with no passport and no previous rabies vaccination:

              The Rabies vaccination would be given and a passport produced, a blood test 1 month later is taken to confirm antibody status and then the pet can travel 3 months after a positive result obtained.

Option 2 – UK becomes a catagory 2 listed country:

              For those with a valid up to date passport:

 A vet would need to produce a Model Health Certificate, within 10 days of travel, confirming the pet is appropriately identified and vaccinated. This would be valid for 4 months of travel within the EU and a new one would have to be issued for each trip.

              For those with no passport and no previous Rabies vaccination:

The pet would need a microchip, passport and rabies vaccination 3 weeks before the intended date of travel. A vet would need to produce a Model Health Certificate, within 10 days of travel, confirming the pet is appropriately identified and vaccinated. This would be valid for 4 months of travel within the EU and a new one would have to be issued for each trip.

 

Option 3 – UK stays as a catagory 1 listed country:

              No change to the current requirements.

Further information can be found on the DEFRA website buy following the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

 

 

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