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You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.
The rules for taking your pet to a European country will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal and becomes an unlisted country.
In this case, pet passports issued in the UK would not be valid for travel to the EU.
How processes will change
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in March 2019, it would become a third country for the purposes of pet travel.
Pets would continue to be able to travel from the UK to the EU, but the requirements for documents and health checks would differ depending on what category of third country the UK becomes on the day we leave the EU.
Things you can do now
To make sure your pet can travel after 29 March 2019, you need to take the following steps:
- you should contact your vet to start the process at least 4 months before you plan on travelling. For example, if you plan to travel on 30 March, you need to start this process by the 28 November. You should start talking to your vet about pet travel preparations in good time
- your pet must have a blood test at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. You will need to talk to your vet about whether you need a rabies vaccination or booster before this test
- your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory
- the results of the blood test must show that the vaccination was successful (rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml). A successful blood test will continue to be valid as long as your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date with no gaps. Pets that have previously had a successful blood test and have an up-to-date rabies vaccination do not need to repeat it. However, we advise speaking to your vet about the preparations you may need to make before travel
- you must wait 3 months from the date the blood sample was taken before you travel
- take your pet to an Official Veterinarian (OV) within 10 days of travel to get a health certificate
- stay up-to-date with these changes by registering for email alerts. Follow the link, add your email address, select ‘Submit’, select ‘Add subscription’ and choose ‘EU Exit’ then select ‘Submit’