Pet passports and Brexit

Pet Passports are given out under a scheme that is designed to keep the UK free from rabies and other foreign parasites. By registering for a Pet Passport, you can take your pet with you on holiday without them having to spend time in quarantine on their return to the UK.

If you want to take your pet on holiday, then you will need a Pet Passport for them to leave and return to the UK.

If you are travelling with your dog, cat or ferret, then you will need a Pet Passport if you are bringing them into the UK for the first time.


What is a Pet Passport?


It would be lovely to think of a Pet Passport as a small version of yours, complete with photo and small paw print signature, but that is not what the Pet Passport scheme is for!

A Pet Passport shows that your animal is at least 15 weeks old at the time of travel, was micro-chipped before their rabies vaccination, and is up-to-date with their rabies vaccination. For dogs it will also record that they have been treated for tapeworm.


Where can I travel with my pet on a Pet Passport?


You can take your pet to visit all EU countries, as well as a large number of others including Argentina, many nations in the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand. You can check the full list of places your pet can visit with their Pet Passport on the website.

You can also take your pet to and from Ireland as there are no restrictions on this border.


How long does it take to get a Pet Passport?


It is advisable to start to organise your Pet Passport as soon as you know you are travelling. This gives you and your Best Friends Vet plenty of time to make sure that you can get everything done to be able to travel on your planned holiday.


How will Brexit affect Pet Passports?


As things stand currently, we don’t know what is going to happen with Pet Passports after Brexit.

There are three situations that could happen. Firstly, things could continue as they currently are, and you will be able to travel on your current Pet Passport.

Another outcome is that there will be some small additional requirements for travel around the rabies vaccination, which will affect when and how long you can travel for after it has been given.

The final scenario would make things a lot more difficult for travel with your pets with additional regulations around the rabies vaccination and when your pet can travel after having it. Pet owners would also only be able to enter the EU through a designated Travellers Point of Entry.


If you have travel booked for this summer and would like to take your pet, don’t delay in getting in touch with us. We can help with your Pet Passports so contact us today at your nearest Best Friends Vet Branch.


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