Travelling with pets in the EU after Brexit.

Travelling with pets in the EU after Brexit.

The Government have issued guidance on the EU Pet Passport scheme if there is no deal after Brexit. Any new requirements will depend on what status the UK is granted after 29th March in a no-deal scenario.  Basically there are three possibilities:

Listed – Part 1

Should the UK become Part 1 listed, the rules on pet travel will barely alter from the current system – the existing timescales and health preparations in place under the EU Pet Passport Scheme will remain similar.

Listed – Part 2

If the UK is given Part 2 listed status, there would be some extra requirements for travelling pets and owners post-Brexit. These would require an additional visit to the vet and some additional papers to be carried but would not prevent you from enjoying your trip.

Although this is the same procedure as the current EU Pet Passport Scheme , under Part 2 Listed status this document would be valid for only ten days from the date of issue for entry into the European Union, and for four months’ onward travel within the EU. These health certificates would need to be issued prior to each individual trip from the UK to the EU.

Under Part 2 Listed status, owners travelling with their pet will also be required to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry (TPE) upon arrival in an EU country.

Unlisted

If the UK is given unlisted, third country status, by the EU from 29th March 2019, owners who wish to travel with their pets from the UK to EU nations will need to discuss their specific preparations and requirements with an Official Veterinarian at least four months prior to their desired travel date.

Although general guidelines for pet travel in the event of a no deal Brexit are helpful, it is pet policiesalways advisable to discuss your pet and its unique requirements with an Official Veterinarian in good time before 2019 travel in the EU. Official Veterinarians will be armed with the latest updates and protocols as the realities of Brexit unfold, so please do go to straight to them to get a more accurate and up-to-date picture of pet travel as it is relevant to you and your animal(s).

More information can be found at GOV.UK

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