Will there be any changes to pet passports once we leave the EU?

From 1 January 2021, Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, became a Part 2 listed country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. This means additional restrictions for you if you want to travel to Northern Ireland or the EU from Great Britain with your dog or cat. 

What does Part 2 Listed Status mean? 

The first time your dog travels to the EU or NI, you’ll need to take the following steps before you travel. It's similar to the current process for taking your dog to the EU, but you’ll need an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport.

  1. You must have your dog microchipped.
  2. Vaccinate your dog against rabies – your dog must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.
  3. Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
  4. Visit your vet to get an AHC for your dog, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.

As long as you keep your dog's rabies vaccinations up to date, you will not need to get repeat vaccinations for further trips to the EU or NI.

Getting an animal health certificate (AHC)

You must also take your dog to your vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an AHC. The AHC needs to be signed by an official vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets.

You must take proof of:

  • your dog’s microchipping date
  • your dog's vaccination history

Your dog's AHC will be valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU or NI
  • onward travel within the EU or NI for 4 months after the date of issue
  • re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue

Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta

If you’re travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta, your dog must have treatment against tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis). It will need to receive treatment 1 to 5 days before arriving in any of these countries. Your vet must enter full details of this on the AHC following treatment.

Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

Is this likely to be reviewed?

The UK Government has stated that it will continue to press the Commission for a change in status, Guide Dogs are in touch with a number of stakeholders from the EU side. We’ll be reviewing activity with them to see how we can support in order to get a change. 

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