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Taking Your Pet Abroad
Post Brexit (January 1st 2021) pet animals (cats, dogs and ferrets) can no longer travel to the EU or Northern Ireland on a European Pet Passport that was previously issued in Great Britain. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.
To Travel OUT OF the UK to an EU country or Northern Ireland
- Animals must be at least 12 WEEKS OLD before they can have a rabies vaccine
- Your pet must have a microchip inserted
- Then a rabies vaccination can be given
- Your pet must then wait THREE WEEKS after the primary vaccination before travel
- You will then need to obtain an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) from your vet, no more than TEN DAYS before you travel. The certificate needs to be signed by an official vet (OV) and you will need to show proof of the date the animal was microchipped and vaccinated for rabies
- This certificate will be valid after the date of issue for 10 DAYS for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland and for 4 MONTHS for onward travel within the EU and for 4 MONTHS for re entry to Great Britain
- Your animal will need a new AHC for EACH trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland from Great Britain. If you are travelling to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta, dogs will also need a tapeworm treatment NO LESS than 24 hours and NO MORE than 120 hours (5 days) before you arrive. These requirements also apply to assistance dogs
- Check the rules of the country you’re travelling to for any additional requirements before travel
Animals will need regular booster vaccinations in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines (currently 3 years for the UK rabies vaccines, but may be 1 or 2 years depending on the rabies vaccine given)
We encourage you to devise your own reminder system. While we will do our best to remind you well before the vaccine’s expiry date, the responsibility to keep up all inoculations up to date remains with you, the owner.
You cannot take more than 5 pets to an EU country or Northern Ireland unless you’re attending a show, competition or sporting event.#
To Travel INTO the UK from an EU or listed country
- Animals entering the UK must comply with the rules above. They can also enter on an EU issued passport, as previously provided that the rabies vaccinations are in date.
- Dogs must be treated for tapeworm (echinococcus) by a vet NO LESS than 24 hours and NO MORE than 120 hours (1-5 days) before returning to the UK
- Cats can enter the UK further treatment
To Travel INTO the UK from an UNLISTED country
- Animals Entering the UK must comply with the rules above but also need to pass a rabies serology blood test taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccine. Your animal may now leave the UK but cannot re-enter until 3 calendar months after a positive results.
For information on travelling with your animal please see: https://www.gov.uk/bring-pet-to-great-britain
Travelling to NON EU Countries from the UK
Non EU countries have their own entry requirements which may include an export health certificate.
Details can be found at www.gov.uk/export-health-certificates
You may need to complete an export application form. An EHC checks that your pet meets the health requirements of the country you’re travelling to. You must nominate an Official Veterinarian who will be sent the EHC. They will check the pet has met the correct requirements before you can travel. Again, check the rules and requirements for entry to a particular country as far in advance as possible as blood or other tests may be required
For further information you can also contact the APHA (Animal Plants Health Agency) on 03702 411710 (Monday-Friday 08:30-17:00, excluding Bank Holidays) or PetTravel@apha.gsi.gov.uk if you wish to travel with your pet.
Costs for taking your pet abroad
- Single rabies vaccine
- Issuing AHC
- Issuing EHC
Treat your pet preventatively with the medication against ticks and tapeworms which we can provide. Consider taking out travel insurance for your pet. Pet Plan Ltd offers additional cover for travel. Phone them on 03450 771934 for further details. Remember that, subject to the laws of the country you are in, you may be liable for any damage caused by your pet.
We encourage you to devise your own rabies vaccination reminder system. While we will do our best to remind you well before the vaccine’s expiry date, the responsibility to keep all inoculations up to date remains with you, the owner.
Any veterinarian may give a rabies booster inoculation but only an (APHA) Official Veterinarian may sign an AHC or EHC.
Flying With Your Pets
The key to flying with your pet is preparation. Make sure you know the requirements of the destination country. Each country has its own specific requirements, some of which can take weeks/months.
The Pet Travel Scheme is no longer in place for travel around the EU from the UK.
Be sure to give the airline plenty of notice. In fact, it is probably best to enquire about the airline’s policy before you book tickets. Some airlines have age or breed restrictions i.e. short nosed breeds. A few airline inist on you using a pet travel agent. Some will not transport pets at certain times of the year or even certain times of the day. All airlines request a fit to fly certificate so make sure you enquire what the time frame is. This can be anything from 24-48 hrs or up to 7-10 days before flying.
Cabin or Hold?
If you have a very small dog or cat you may be able to take him or her in the cabin as long as the receptacle is approved by the airline and the size of a piece of carry-on luggage. This is only applicable if you are traveling out of the UK. All animals entering the UK cannot travel within the cabin.
Most dogs and cats however, will need to travel in a crate in the cargo-hold. Airlines require a crate that is big enough for your dog or cat to stand up and turn around in (British Standard boes), check with the airline about the required dimensions. Get your pet accustomed to their crate. Have the crate in their normal environment encourage them to eat and sleep inside their crate. We would recommend feeding your pet inside their crate 2 weeks prior to flying.
Before you board it it important that your pet has had a good walk and been to the loo. Line their crate with shredded newspaper because it is possible that they will urinate while in transit even if they do not do this normally. Make sure no collars or leads are present. These can become trapped inside the crate. They cannot be sedated for safety reasons however, there are several products we can recommended which are safe to use whilst flying. Speak to a member of staff for further advice.
Food and Drink
There is some debate as to whether it is a good idea to put food and water in the crate. On one hand, it seems sensible because he might get thirsty or hungry, especially if there are delays. On the other hand, it may spill and make a mess in the crate.
It might increase the changes of them having to go to the loo and the combination of stress and food could also bring on an upset stomach.
We always recommend providing drinking water for your pets at all times.
If you are providing water, consider freezing it before you leave. This will make it less likely to spill while the crate is being loaded. Or purchase a roller ball bottle. Some training may be needed for your pet to use this correctly.
Most pets can go several hours without food and water, but if in doubt, ask the airline what their policies are as they will differ with each company.
If you have a connecting flight, find out if there is the option of taking your dog for a quick toilet break and to offer water.
Make sure your crate is clearly marked on the outside. Put reflector tape on it to make it easier for identification and be sure to have your details and your pet’s name tagged to the crate. Believe it or not, it’s also a good idea to label which way is up!
Include care instructions with the crate in case of long delays. Some airlines may allow you to watch your pet being loaded; others may give you a note to let you known once he is on board.
Majority of airline will ask that all travel documentation is kept with your pet. We would recommend that you take photocopies of all necessary documentation in case they become lost in transit.