BREXIT and PET PASSPORTS
If/when Britain leaves the EU on 29th March 2019 there are three potential outcomes that could affect how the Pet Passport Scheme works:
Outcome 1 - The UK becomes a Part 1 Listed Country.
If the UK ends up as a Part 1 Listed Country, then it is likely that the requirements for Pet Passports & rabies vaccinations will remain the same as it is at the moment.
Outcome 2 - The UK becomes a Part 2 Listed Country. If the UK ends up as a Part 2 Listed Country then all the current passport regulations would still apply, but travelling animals would also require a Health Certificate.
It is expected that this health certificate would be issued by an Official Veterinarian at least 21 days post Rabies vaccination and within 10 days of travel. The certificate would be valid for 4 months for travel within the EU.
Outcome 3 - The UK becomes an Unlisted Country. If the UK became an Unlisted Country then the following requirements for travel would come into force:
- A blood sample would need to be taken a minimum of 30 days after Rabies vaccination.
- The animal would not be able to travel until it had a certificate from an approved laboratory showing a “PASS” on the blood test.
- 3 months need to have elapsed from the date of blood sampling and travel
- The animal would have to enter the EU via a designated travellers' point of entry (as yet, unspecified location).
All of the above outcomes are possible therefore this should be discussed with the vet.
Serious consideration should also be given to Rabies blood sampling if you are planning to take your pet away with you after Brexit. It may be sensible to have the blood test carried out in case the UK becomes unlisted. The risk of this strategy is that you may have the blood test done and then find out it was unnecessary if the UK becomes a Part 1 or 2 Listed Country.