Traveling to the UK with a dog (or cat, or ferret)

– things to keep in mind in case of a ‘No-Deal-Brexit’

Brexit is a challenge for the European Union and the UK on many levels.

One one them are the rules and laws for travelling between the countries – interesting for us exspecially, if we want to take our pets abroad with us.

Commissions are working on the plan to allow the UK to become a so-called ‘listed third country’, that is a country with a well known rabies situation, whose inhabitants are allowed to travel with their pets under the same conditions as EU-countries without being one.

In this case dogs, cats and ferrets do need a microchip, a valid rabies vaccination and a EU-pet-passport. Passports, issued in the UK, would stay valid for traveling.

If there is no consensus found in the weeks to come, UK will be treated as ‘non-listed-third country’ after March, 29th 2019. If this is the case, pets need a rabies neutralizing antibody titer proof to be allowed to enter the EU.

Technically this is a blood test, done at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. After the test, there is a waiting period of 3 months before your pet is allowed to travel. Only if the test is performed in the EU, there is no waiting time for the (re-)entry.

On top you will have to present your pet to an official veterinarian to issue an official health certificate, not more than 10 days before the journey.

Good news is, that the rabies-test is valid for a pet’s life – as long as the rabies vaccination is updated in time.

There will be no changes in the rules for bringing your pet into th UK: the pet passport will be valid as proof of identity and valid rabies vaccination further on, the tapeworm treatment will have to be done and documented by a veterinarian.

For more details and up to date information, please look at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit