With discussions regarding Brexit still not reaching any agreement there are concerns regarding the pets passports and what will happen if the UK leaves the EU on the 29th March 2019 without a deal.
Currently the Government are advising that pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.
If pet owners are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government recommends they contact their vet at least four months in advance to check what they need to do.
Those wishing to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and by 28 November 2018 at the latest.
The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.
The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.
The Government has published further guidance for pet owners on its website.
If you are not sure about your travel plans with your pets next year, we would strongly recommend that you contact us as soon as possible regarding dates and timings.