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Fido and Fluffy no longer EU citizens after Brexit

Fido and Fluffy no longer EU citizens after Brexit

By Stephanie Horsman - December 25, 2020

Come 1st January, pets holding European Union passports from the United Kingdom will no longer be valid. So, what are new rules for travelling with animals in the post-Brexit period?

Starting next year, instead of using a passport to travel with pets to and from the UK into Europe, an animal health certificate will be required for entry into both the EU and Northern Ireland. This rule applies for dogs, cats and ferrets.

The new procedures require the following before pets are allowed entry into the EU and are much the same as pre-Brexit rules:

– Dogs, cats or ferrets must be microchipped

– Dogs, cats or ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies. The animal must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.

– There will be a 21-day waiting period after the primary vaccination before travel

– Treatment against tapeworm for dogs is required 24-120 hours before arriving, if travelling to a tapeworm-free country

– A vet-issued animal health certificate must be issued no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.

This new system is much less restrictive than what was feared by many pet owners, as various rumours swirled about for months citing the possibility of excessive medical requirements and the reintroduction of long quarantine periods.

The rules making travel relatively painless are due to the Part 2 listed third country status under the EU Pet Travel Scheme granted to the UK which exempts animals arriving from the British Isles from needing a litany of other treatments and tests, including blood samples for various diseases that can only be sent to EU-approved testing centres.

There is a push to have that status upgraded to Part 1 listed status, though that is still in the negotiation phase.

For those wishing to enter the UK from the continent, not much changes. If a pet is travelling on a valid EU passport, that will be sufficient for both entry and exit. The only alteration will be for those living in Europe with a UK issued passport. These pet owners will need to change it to the country of their residency as a UK passport will no longer be considered a valid travel document.


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