Will I still be able to take my pet on holiday with me after December 2020?
Yes, you will still be able to travel with your pet (dog, cat or ferret) to the UK. However, it is important to ensure you have all of the relevant documentation and vaccines in place by visiting a vet four months in advance of travel.
Pet owners should check the government advice pages below for the most up to date information on the requirements:
Travelling to the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021
Travelling to Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b76e9-brexit-movement-of-pets/
From 1 January 2021 onwards, the UK will have Part 2 listed status under EU Pet Travel Scheme, meaning that people travelling from Britain with their pets and assistance dogs will need ot follow new requirements in order to travle to the EU and Northern Ireland.
Before taking their pet to the EU for the first time after 1 January 2021, pet owners must complete the following steps. The only new requirement for travel to the EU is the use of a certificate, rather than a pet passport:
- Ensure pet is microchipped
- Ensure pet is vaccinated against rabies. Please note that pets must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated.
- Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel
- Dogs must be treated against tapeworm 24-120 hours before arrival, if they are travelling to a tapeworm free country.
- Visit their vet to get an animal health certificate (AHC) for their pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU and Northern Ireland.