Pet Passports after Brexit 

Two of our vets are recognised Official Veterinarians who can issue and complete your pet passports. We can also offer advice about travel and parasite control whilst you're away to ensure your pet stays safe and well.e.

Currently (October 2018) for a pet passport to be issued your pet will need to be microchipped and a rabies vaccination given. Blood tests are not required for European travel. After 21 days they are able to travel within the EU. Within 1 to 5 days of your return to the UK they will need to see a vet abroad for tapeworm treatment. Whilst these are the requirements for the passport, we do still recommend tick treatment and heartworm and sandfly treatments in more southern Europe as these parasites can transmit some serious diseases.

Travel outside of Europe will require a different regime.

However, this may all change after Brexit. In the event of a 'no deal' scenario the UK may be classified as an unlisted country and then we will be back to needding blood tests to prove that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they can travel to the EU. Depending on the pet's history and the result of the test, the process could take up to 4 months. Therefore for anyone intending to travel soon after March 29th 2019 it may be sensible to start this process now so you can travel whatever the outcome.

We suggest booking an appointment with a vet to discuss this if you think it may affect you.

The best place for up to date travel information is the government website www.defra.gov.uk but we will try to keep our website up to date as we hear more news.

https://animalowners.rcvs.org.uk/help-and-advice/pet-travel/

 

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