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Pet Travel after BREXIT

By Ash Tree Vets | 31st December 2020


From 23:00 on 31st December 2020, the UK will become a Part 2 listed country in regards to the EU and pet travel. Travellers to Europe with their pets (dogs, cats or ferrets) will no-longer be able to use a UK issued EU Pet Passport.
Instead pets will need to be issued with an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) from their vet.
This AHC is:
· Valid for one single trip only. New AHC must be issued for subsequent trips into the EU.
· Must be used within 10 day of being issued
· Once entered EU, valid for 4 months OR when pet’s rabies vaccine expires (whichever comes first). Can be used for onward travel through EU only.
· Valid for return to the UK within 4 months of issue
· Only for the movement & travel of non-commercial dogs, cats or ferrets
· Maximum of 5 pets allowed to travel with owners unless for competitions / training / shows / sporting events.
In order to qualify for an AHC, pets must:
· Be microchipped
· Vaccinated for rabies a minimum of 21 days prior to travel
· NO rabies blood test is needed if pet is remaining in the EU for duration of stay and NOT travelling to OR through any unlisted countries.
When returning to the UK:
· Dogs must receive tapeworm treatment 24 – 120 hours before return, and have the treatment administered by a vet
These changes impact travellers arriving in the EU from 23:00 GMT on 31st December 2020.
We will be able to issue the new AHCs from now onwards.