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New rules for pet travel to Europe


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New rules for pet travel to Europe

If plans are to take your pet on your next holiday to Europe, please be aware that due to Brexit the pet travel rules have now changed. As of 1st January 2021, GB issued pets passports are now invalid and the following new rules apply.

- Your pet must be microchipped

- Have an up-to-date or receive a rabies vaccination

- Primary rabies vaccination required a 21-day wait before travel

- Your pet needs to be issued with an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) by an official veterinarian

- An AHC cannot be issued more than 10 days before travel

- The AHC is valid for 4 months for EU onward travel and for GB re-entry

- Each GB to EU return trip requires a new AHC

- Dogs must be treated for tapeworm 24-120 hours before landing in GB

- Tapeworm treatment must be given and verified by a vet

To ensure all is valid for your pet to travel and return, please allow plenty of time before booking your tickets. For those who wish to travel with their pet, please call us for advice well in advance of any travel plans.