Pet Travel within the EU – Important Information

PET TRAVEL WITHIN THE EU – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please be aware that the UK will have ‘Part 2’ listed status for pets traveling to the EU after 01/01/2021.  What does this mean? Find out below

All existing UK Pet Passports will no longer be valid for travel from 01/01/2021.  We hope this message will be read by anyone holding such a passport, but please forward this information on to anyone you know, so they can be prepared.

From 2300 GMT on 31/12/2020 any pet dog, cat or ferret travelling to the EU from the UK will need to be issued with an ‘Animal Health Certificate’ (AHC) by a government certified vet (OV).

When do I need an AHC and how do I get one?

Vital things you need to know is that they are ONLY valid for:

  • 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU – i.e. they cannot be issued to you more than 10 days before you travel.
  • A single trip within the EU – they cannot be reused
  • Onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
  • Re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue.

These AHC’s are issued as bilingual documents; you will only be able to enter the EU if you hold the correct document for the country you FIRST ARRIVE in.  Pet owners cannot change their country entry point into the EU once the AHC is completed, otherwise a new AHC would need to be issued.

The Animal Health Certificate (AHC) is a large document, and can take up to an hour for an OV to fill in.  Please be aware that this is very time consuming and we will have limited spaces available. We thank our clients in advance for their patience with this process at this extremely challenging time.

Finally, it should also be noted that:

  • Animals younger than 12 weeks of age are no longer permitted to be exported.
  • That travel is not permitted until 21 days after the Rabies vaccination
  • All animals must have a working microchip.

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