The British Government has issued advice today to pet owners about what they need to do to make sure they can travel to the EU with their pets when the UK leaves the EU. The Government says that pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after Brexit whatever the outcome of the negotiations but if there is no deal they might need to take some additional steps including a rabies vaccination followed by a blood test a minimum of 30 days afterwards.
The Government says that any pet owners who are planning to travel after 29 March next year should contact their vet at least four months in advance of their intended travel date to check what they need to do: those travelling to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and before the end of November 2018 at the latest. The requirements include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel, including an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date.
UK Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said that the advice is practical and straightforward, and about planning ahead to ensure pets have the correct health protection documented and in place for all possible Brexit scenarios. She explained that the Government has been in contact with vets to highlight this issue over recent weeks, and they are ready and expecting pet owners to consult with them and plan ahead. Pet owners can also stay up to date with the latest advice on pet travel HERE.