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Pet travel to and from Europe from 1 January 2021

Just a few days are separating us from 2021.

There has been so many changes in regards Pet travel in the last years. But it seems the Government has released a final statement in regards Pet travel from 1st of January

Here are a few key elements for traveling next year:

  • A current EU pet passport issued in GB(Great Britain) will not be valid for travel to the EU or NI(Northern Ireland) from 1 January 2021.
  • Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta: Your dog will need to receive tapewormer treatment 1 to 5 days before arriving in any of these countries and the OV(official veterinarian) has to fill in the animal health certificate (AHC)
  • No mentions in regards Rabies Serology testing 
  • No changes in regards Returning to GB after 1st of January 2021


How to prepare for travel with your pet to any EU country and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

The guidance applies to people travelling to the EU and Northern Ireland (NI) with their pet cats, ferrets or dogs, including assistance dogs.

Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, will become a Part 2 listed third country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme from 1 January 2021.


Travelling to the EU or NI with your pet

A current EU pet passport issued in GB will not be valid for travel to the EU or NI from 1 January 2021.

Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel to the EU or NI for the first time after 1 January 2021, you’ll need to take the following steps. These steps are similar to the current process for taking your pet to the EU, but you’ll need an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport.

  1. You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped.
  2. Vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies – your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.
  3. Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
  4. Visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.


Getting an animal health certificate (AHC)

You must also take your pet to your vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an AHC. The AHC needs to be signed by an official vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets.

You must take proof of:

  • your pet’s microchipping date
  • vaccination history

Your pet’s AHC will be valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU or NI
  • onward travel within the EU or NI for 4 months after the date of issue
  • re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue

BOOK APPOINTMENT or call us to discuss more details about your pet requirements for travelling.

We are licenced to fill and signs the animal health certificate (AHC).


Returning to Great Britain

There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering GB from 1 January 2021.

Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to GB from the EU:

  • an EU pet passport (issued in the EU, or in GB before 1 January 2021), or a pet passport from a Part 1 listed third country
  • the AHC issued in GB used to travel to the EU – which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued
  • a GB pet health certificate (for travel into GB only)

Your pet will not need this documentation if it’s entering GB from:

  • NI
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man

Check the routes before you travel. You must travel using approved routes. Your pet’s documents and microchip will be checked when entering GB.


For more information you can also visit the Government website