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Taking your pet abroad when the UK leaves the EU

14/11/2018


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has advised that should the UK leave the EU next year without a deal, there would be important implications for pet owners wishing to travel overseas with their animals from 30 March 2019. Consequently they have launched a communications campaign to advise pet owners what they need to do in a no-deal scenario, and has asked us to alert our clients to the key facts.

Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU. They will need to contact their vet at least four months in advance to check what they need to do.

Those wishing to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and by 28 November 2018 at the latest.

The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.

You can read the government's further guidance here. §