At the moment, under the EU Pet Travel Scheme, owners of dogs, cats and ferrets can travel with their animals to and from EU countries provided they hold a valid EU pet passport.
Before a pet can travel from the UK to an EU country for the first time, it must be taken to a vet at least 21 days before travel. The vet will ensure the animal has a microchip and rabies vaccination, before issuing an EU pet passport, which remains valid for travel for the pet’s lifetime. After the 29th March 2019 this could all change if a Brexit deal is not achieved.
Dave Cumber, owner of Dave Cumber Vets said “Basically, if the UK leaves Europe with “No deal”, potentially owners with PET passports may not be able to use them to travel to and from Europe next year. It is relevant now because any dog or cat travelling to mainland Europe after March 29th 2019 may need to have a rabies vaccine now, followed by a blood test at least 30 days later. After a period of three months the animal should be able to travel. I have clients who want to take their dogs to the Agility World Championships in the Netherlands in April 2019 and to make sure they can travel they would need to have a Rabies vaccination in November 2018. The whole process needs to start before the end of November 2018 for travel in April 2019.”
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, after 29 March 2019 the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel, which could be as early as November 2018.
To find out more information about vaccinating your pets ahead of travelling contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to offer advise.