Animal Health Certificates replaced Pet Passports on 1st January 2021
The pet passport scheme changed on 1st January 2021. The UK is now classified as a listed third country Part 2 and in order to travel to Europe your pet will require an Animal Health Certificate to be issued before EVERY trip to Europe. UK Pet Passports are no longer be valid. Passports issued in other European countries are still ok to use, as long as you keep the rabies vaccinations up to date with a yearly injection that has to be given in an EU country as UK vets are no longer allowed to sign or stamp the passports.
In order for an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) to be issued your pet needs to be microchipped and a rabies vaccination given, for this they must be 12 weeks of age or above. There will then be a wait period of at least 21 days. Blood tests are not required for European travel. They will still need to see a vet abroad for tapeworm treatment and have their AHC stamped between 1 and 5 days before your return to the UK.
Each AHC will be valid for a single trip to Europe, lasting up to 4 months.
We suggest booking an appointment with a vet if you wish to discuss this or you plan to travel. We have a form that needs to be completed in advance to allow us to prepare paperwork for you in the correct languages (English and the language of the first EU country you will enter).
The best place for up to date travel information is the government website
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit but we will endeavour to keep our website up to date as we hear more news.
Travel outside of Europe will require a different regime and we recommend using a specialist pet travel company such as https://www.petairuk.com/
Regardless of the legislation, we do still recommend tick treatment and heartworm and sandfly treatments especially in more southern parts of Europe as these parasites can transmit some serious and life-threatening diseases.