FOR THE ATTENTION OF PET OWNERS WISHING TO TRAVEL ABROAD WITH THEIR PET FROM 30th MARCH 2019
The Government has recently advised that should the UK leave the EU next year without a deal and become what is termed an “unlisted" country, there would be important implications for pet owners wishing to travel overseas with their animals from 30 March 2019. The government are hopeful that a deal will be struck and if that does occur and/or UK becomes a “listed” country, it is likely that the Pet Passport Scheme would remain very similar to what exists now.
In the event of a no deal, it is likely that owners would need to prove their animals are effectively vaccinated against rabies by means of a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. This test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a period of three months (from the date of the successful blood test) must then be allowed to pass before pets can travel to the EU.
The upshot of this is a degree of planning is needed for those owners who want to be sure they are able to travel with their pet whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations. At the very least, a discussion with your vet would need to take place 4 months prior to the date of travel. For example, pet owners who wish to travel on 30 March 2019 would need to visit a vet no later than 28 November 2018.
Please contact us to discuss further what this means for your pet. Any advice we give is based on the government’s advice to us as to what may come to pass in the event of a no deal Brexit, it may be that these steps ultimately prove unnecessary. If it is not critical you travel with your pet in the period 30th March 2019 to 30th July 2019, you may be better off waiting to see what actually does come to pass.
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