Pet Travel Regulations and Guidance 2021 Post-Brexit
The United Kingdom has become a PART 2 Listed country with respect to Pet Travel. This means that the new regulations are as follows:
Your pet will need:
- A microchip
- A valid Rabies vaccination (given at least 21 days before entry)
- Rabies blood tests are NOT required
- An Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued by an Official veterinary Surgeon no more than 10 days before travel
- If you are going to Northern Ireland, Eire, Finland, Norway or Malta then dogs must be given an approved tape wormer by the vet at the time of examination for the AHC; this is recorded on the AHC.
- AHCs are specific for the first country of entry into the EU; for example if you were entering France you will need a French certificate, or if entering into Spain you will need a Spanish certificate. The OV will provide the correct certificate.
- There are specific "points of entry" for the EU ....see https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/pet-movement/eu-legislation/non-commercial-non-eu/tpe_en for details.
- A certified copy of the rabies vaccination details must be attached to the AHC (e.g. a copy of relevant sections of a vaccination card/pet passport).
- An owner’s declaration must be attached to the AHC confirming the non-commercial nature of the movement.
Your pet’s animal health certificate (AHC) will be valid after the date of issue for
- 10 days for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland
- 4 months for onward travel within the EU (eg. from France into Spain/Italy or vice versa)
- 4 months for re-entry to Great Britain
AHCs can only be issued for the following species:
• domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
• cats (Felis silvestris catus)
• ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)
AHCs must not be issued to:
• F1 hybrids of cats or dogs such as Bengal or Savannah cats
• any other species
** There are different requirements if you are travelling to an non-EU country; notably Rabies blood tests may be required. **