The government have now updated the guidelines for travel abroad with your pet in 2021. However, this may still change as the year progresses. When planning to travel, we recommend that you check back on the Government website for the most recent information regularly, in the months leading up to your planned departure.
Bringing a pet to the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain
Travelling to a non-EU Country: https://www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad/travelling-to-a-noneu-country
Travelling to an EU country or NI: https://www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad/travelling-to-an-eu-country-or-northern-ireland
An important note: ‘You can no longer use a pet passport issued in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland. You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.’ (05.01.21)
All travelling pets will require:
- A microchip
- A valid Rabies vaccine (to be given at least 21 days prior to travel)
- An Animal Health Certificate (if your passport is now invalid)
- Tapeworm treatment (when travelling to specific countries)
- Any additional requirement of that specific country (these may also be found via the government website)
The process of organising this process usually takes a minimum of a month – please begin making these arrangements for your pet with plenty of time. If you are unsure, you should give us a call and we will arrange for you to discuss the process in more detail, and make a plan with one of our vets.