Of course nothing is certain right now and travelling is probably far from your minds, but I just wanted to update you on the latest situation regarding pet travel to Europe from 1st January 2021. Our updated guide is here Pet travel post brexit Jan21
It has been confirmed that the UK will become a part 2 listed third country under the EU pet travel scheme. This means that most of the process for preparing a pet to travel remain the same but the paperwork is very different.
From 1/1/21 to travel to Europe with a dog or cat (or ferret) you will need to complete the following steps:
Step 1 – Microchip
Step 2 – Rabies vaccine
Step 3 – Wait 21 days
Step 4 – Issue AHC (Animal Health Certificate) within 10 of travel
Step 5 – Leave the UK (good luck with that)
Note there is no blood test requirement.
The AHC will replace the old blue pet passports and is a travel document that must be completed less than 10 days before your departure. It is only valid for ONE entry into Europe and for ongoing travel within Europe for up to 4 months. You will need a new AHC for every trip out of the UK. Should you require an AHC then we can issue one, just book an appointment and we will need you to bring your microchipping certificate, any old vaccination documentation and your old passport to this appointment.
The tapeworming requirement 24 hours to 5 days before your return to the UK is unchanged.
See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021 for more detailed information and if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
Should the situation change we will let you know but please keep an eye on the web link above as nothing that is confirmed every stays confirmed for long these days it seems!