To qualify for the Pet Travel Scheme your pet will need to:
At Maven Vets several of our vets are LVIs and so we are able to issue your pet’s passport.
Prior to coming back to the UK, you will also to arrange an appointment for your pet to be treated by a vet for worms and tick control and this must be stamped in your passport.
Your pet will require to have a booster rabies vaccination.
The length of time between booster vaccinations will depend in where you are travelling but is normally required every 3 years.
Your LVI Vet will write in your pet’s passport the date by which they must have their rabies vaccination booster.
Please be aware that if you miss the date of rabies booster vaccination your pet will need to restart the passport process.
Pet owners will still be able to travel to the European Union from the United Kingdom after the UK leaves the EU on 29th March 2019, but the ease of transit and whether the pet passport scheme as it currently stands will remain valid will depend on whether the UK government manages to arrange a deal with the EU. There are a number of options depending on the level of deal reached:
1) A full deal is struck with the EU, no change is necessary
2) No deal is reached but a special arrangement is made for the UK to become a listed country, allowing relatively barrier free passage.
3) No deal is arranged, and the UK does not become a listed country, then stringent rules would be enforced to the following:
i) Your pet must be microchipped then vaccinated against rabies. A blood sample must then be taken 30 days after the vaccination and sent to an approved laboratory.
ii) The results of the blood test must show an adequate response to the vaccine
iii) You are only able to travel three months from the date of a successful blood sample.
iv) Within 10 days of travel you would need to visit one of our Official Veterinarians to get a health certificate. This would need to be done before every journey to the EU.
In the worst case outlined above, the whole process takes 4 months, which brings us to the end of November. We are very hopeful of a deal being reached, which would provide minimal disruption. However, we would recommend you prepare for the worst case-scenario and avoid disruption to your trip if you are thinking of travelling to the EU around the time of Brexit. We recommend making an appointment with one of our Official veterinarians to discuss your individual needs and to get a rabies blood sample taken as soon as possible, before the end of November.
We shall update this page and our social media pages as soon as any new information is released on this matter. If you have any concerns or would like to make an appointment, then please call reception on 02083372214.
For further advice please visit:
1) Government advice regarding pet travel around Brexit:
2) Eurotunnel advice