Brexit And The Pet Passport Scheme
On the the 29th March 2019 when Britain leaves the EU there are three potential outcomes for the UK to be ''listed'' with regard to pets travelling abroad.
Potential Outcome 1 – The UK becomes a Part 1 listed country
The set up with regards to pet passports and rabies vaccinations will remain pretty much as it is at the moment and very little will change.
Potential Outcome 2 - The UK becomes a Part 2 listed country
All the current passport regulations would still apply but animals would also require a Model Health Certificate to travel. The idea would be that the model health certificate would be issued by an official veterinarian at least 21 days post Rabies vaccination and within 10 days of travel. The certificate would be valid for 4 months for travel within the EU.
Potential Outcome 3 – The UK becomes unlisted
The following requirements would need to be adhered to:
- Blood sample to be taken 30 days after the Rabies vaccination.
- The animal would not be able to travel until it had a certificate with a required antibody titre from an approved laboratory and 3 months had elapsed since the date of blood sampling.
- A model health certificate would also be required.
- The animal would have to enter the EU via a designated travellers point of entry, which is still to be specified.
If you are considering travelling with your pet around the time of Brexit, then you need to get prepared as any of the above outcomes are possible. You will need to allow at least four months to prepare for any of the possible outcomes.
It might be worth waiting until after Brexit to travel with your pet, if your travel dates are flexible. If you do not have this flexibility, then it would be worth taking a blood sample for rabies antibody titre to cover the eventuality of Outcome 3. The risk is that you have the blood test done and then find out it was unnecessary if the UK becomes a Part 1 or 2 listed country.
We will endeavour to inform you of any further developments as and when they happen. Please also join us on Facebook to see any further information or updates. The decision that will be made will be out of our control but we will work with you to make sure that your furry friends can still go on holiday with you.
Please note the following information from the Government link on Pet Travel.