***UPDATE*** Additional measures will be required in the event of a no deal Brexit
In the event of a no deal Brexit there are likely to be additional measures needed to travel to the EU from 29th March 2019.
Owners will need to prove their animals are effectively vaccinated against rabies, with a blood test required to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. This needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination. A period of three months must then be allowed to pass before pets can travel to the EU.
This means owners who want to be sure they are able to travel with their pet whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations need to visit the vet at least four months before the date they wish to travel. For example, pet owners who wish to travel on 30 March 2019 would need to visit a vet no later than 28 November 2018.
Whilst Defra states it is confident that the UK will secure a deal with the EU, if there is no deal, it anticipates that, based on the UK’s current health status, it would be able to secure listed status to allow easier movement of pets between the UK and EU.
However, there is chance it will not have secured this status on the day the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019), meaning a gap of several months when pet owners will need to follow the additional steps listed above to travel.
Please contact us to speak to one of our vets or visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
With the Pet Travel Scheme, taking your pet abroad can be a rewarding, safe and hassle free experience if you follow these 3 steps:
Get your pet passport
If you are travelling to an EU or "listed country" (see www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad) then your pet simply needs a microchip and rabies vaccination. Your passport may then be issued but you will not be able to travel until 21 days after vaccination so plan ahead!
Book a registered carrier
If you are flying or travelling by boat then you will need a registered carrier. These may also be found on the gov.uk website. Many carriers also require a health check and signed documentation before travelling.
Tapeworm treatment before return to the UK
A registered veterinary surgeon is required to treat your pet for tapeworm 1 - 5 days before return to the UK. This is important to prevent a severe parasitic disease called alveolar echinococcosis becoming established in the UK.
Pet Travel outside the EU
If you are thinking of taking your pet outside of the EU please contact us directly on 01691 830235 and speak to one of our vets about what vaccinations and paperwork your pet might need.
Four Crosses Veterinary Centre Ltd, Hafod Offa, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Powys. SY22 6RD