The following is Vet Practice advice issued by our governing body the RCVS:
‘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.
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.’
So if you plan to travel abroad with your pet post Brexit and we get a no deal you will need to have had the rabies vaccine, a blood test and a 3 month wait period after the blood test. The whole process will take 4 months to complete before you can leave the UK.
If we do get a no deal you also need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). These AHC need to be in a language where the pet is travelling. They are valid for 1 trip and travel must be within 10 days of issuing.
If you are unsure about any of this information please speak to us at the surgery or find out more information on the government website