We’re advising pet owners they have until the end of the month to act if they intend to travel to the European Union (EU) with their furry friend from the end of March.
Currently, dogs, cats and ferrets can travel anywhere in the EU as long as they have a pet passport, which sees owners take their animals to an Official Veterinarian (OV) three weeks before a trip to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
However, last month, the Government issued a paper preparing for a possible No Deal Brexit, in which it advised pet owners wanting to go abroad after March 30 that they have to take their pets to an OV at least four months before travelling – meaning the end of November deadline is fast approaching.
The turnaround for organising microchipping, vaccinations and a pet passport has always been relatively short but the Government has now warned that, with no EU deal, pet owners may have to visit their OV as early as the end of next month for an April trip abroad.
The pet could have to have a rabies vaccination, followed by a blood test at least 30 days after the date of vaccination to show the pet has become immune. Once that is completed, the pet would then have to wait at least three months from the date of the blood test before they can travel.
This process takes at least four months in total. Owners would then have to visit a vet to obtain a health certificate, which can’t be done more than 10 days before travel.
It’s certainly worth being organised ahead of any planned trips abroad with your pets early next year and with time ticking until the November deadline, we recommend getting your animals booked in to see an OV as soon as possible to avoid any undue or unforeseen delays.
Please contact us if you need any help or advice on pet passports.
Further information on the issue is available via the GOV.UK website.