If the UK becomes an unlisted third country, any current pet passport your pet has been issued will become invalid from 1 January 2021.
Requirements for taking pets on holiday would significantly increase from the current arrangements.
Owners would need to start off the process for taking their pet on holiday at least four months in advance of setting off on vacation. Extra requirements to prove dogs, cats or ferrets are not a rabies threat would be needed. These would be:
- increased evidence of rabies vaccination. As now, pets will need a rabies vaccination before travel, but they will also need a blood test – called a titre test – to prove the vaccine has provided sufficiently effective protection from the disease.
- earlier planning. The titre test would need to be carried out minimum of 30 days after an initial rabies vaccination. If the test result is satisfactory, pets would then need to wait three months after the date the blood was taken to ensure no symptoms of rabies arise.
- animal health certificates. The vet who vaccinated your dog and carried out a successful titre test would need to issue the owner with an animal health certificate (AHC) confirming requirements had been met. This AHC would be valid from 10 days after the date of issue, and for up to four months for onward travel within the EU. Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip you make to an EU country.
- reporting to officials on entry. When arriving in the EU, pet owners would need to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry with their pet to show official documentation of microchip, vaccination, blood test and AHC.
- returning to the UK. When you come back home from abroad your pet would need one of the following: a pet passport issued in the EU or the UK before 1 January 2021 (pet passports would not be valid for entry to the EU but would be valid for re-entry to the UK); an animal health certificate issued in the UK and within the four-month validity period; a UK pet health certificate
- approved routes. Pet animals would have to travel on approved routes only. This rule would not apply to registered assistance animals.
Pets who are already vaccinated against rabies would require a titre test and the following three-month waiting time.
Pets who are already vaccinated against rabies and have also already had the titre test would not need to be tested again.
If you are planning on taking your pet to an EU country on 1 January 2021, you will need to begin the process no later than August 2020.
Dog owners travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta
Anyone travelling with their dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta must give their pet a treatment against tapeworm between one and five days before arriving. Your vet will need to enter the details of this on the AHC after your dog has been given the treatment.