18 Dec Pet travel after Brexit 2021
With the UK leaving the EU certain aspects of travel will change from January 2021. If you’re looking to hire a private jet with your pet then it’s recommended that you check the current rules on travel before you book.
As a charter broker we can source through our professional network of operators, suitable pet friendly aircraft for your journey. Not all aircraft are made available for travelling with pets.
We will also make sure that your aircraft operator can fly to your chosen destination on your return to the UK. Certain operators are only allowed to travel to airports that they’re approved for.
How to prepare for travel with your pet to any EU country and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
Travelling to the EU or NI with your pet
A current EU pet passport issued in GB will not be valid for travel to the EU or NI from 1 January 2021.
Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel to the EU or NI for the first time after 1 January 2021, you’ll need to take the following steps. These steps are similar to the current process for taking your pet to the EU, but you’ll need an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport.
- You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped.
- Vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies – your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.
- Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
- Visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.
Find out more about rabies vaccination boosters and blood tests.
As long as you keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up to date, you will not need to get repeat vaccinations for repeat trips to the EU or NI.
Getting an animal health certificate (AHC)
You must also take your pet to your vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an AHC. The AHC needs to be signed by an official vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets.
You must take proof of:
- your pet’s microchipping date
- your pet’s vaccination history
Your pet’s AHC will be valid for:
- 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU or NI
- onward travel within the EU or NI for 4 months after the date of issue
- re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue
Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta
If you’re travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta, it must have treatment against tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis). Your dog will need to receive treatment 1 to 5 days before arriving in any of these countries. Your vet must enter full details on the AHC following treatment.
Arriving in the EU or NI
On arrival in the EU or NI, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated travellers’ point of entry (TPE).
At the TPE, you may need to present your pet’s original AHC along with proof of:
- your pet’s microchip
- rabies vaccination
- tapeworm treatment (if required)
Check the rules of the country you’re travelling to for any additional restrictions or requirements before you travel. Read the travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance before travelling overseas.
Repeat trips to the EU or NI
Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU or NI.
To get a new AHC, you must take your pet to an official vet no more than 10 days before you travel. You must show proof of your pet’s:
- microchipping date
- rabies vaccination history
If your pet has an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history, it will not need a repeat rabies vaccination before travelling again.
You’ll need tapeworm treatment if you’re travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta.
Travelling to NI with your pet
The UK government recognises that pet owners and assistance dog users will need time to adjust to these changes. It’s working with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on an enforcement approach that takes these challenges into account. For further information read the pet travel guidance from DAERA.
This approach will be implemented in a way that supports pet owners and assistance dog users while the government seeks a permanent solution.
NI-based pets and assistance dogs returning to NI from GB can use an NI issued EU Pet Passport to re-enter NI and will not need an animal health certificate. You should contact DAERA or your vet for further information on entrance requirements for returning to NI.
Returning to Great Britain
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering GB from 1 January 2021.
Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to GB from the EU:
- an EU pet passport (issued in the EU, or in GB before 1 January 2021), or a pet passport from a Part 1 listed third country
- the AHC issued in GB used to travel to the EU – which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued
- a GB pet health certificate (for travel into GB only)
Your pet will not need this documentation if it’s entering GB from:
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
Check the routes before you travel. You must travel using approved routes. Your pet’s documents and microchip will be checked when entering GB
Owners of assistance dogs returning from the EU do not have to travel on approved routes. You must notify the point of entry in advance that you’re travelling with an assistance dog to ensure the appropriate checks are done.
You do not have to travel on an approved route if you travel to GB from:
- other UK countries
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
- the Republic of Ireland
Talk to your vet about what preparations you need to make before you travel from these places.
Travel from countries not free from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)
You’ll need to take your dog to a vet for an approved tapeworm treatment. You must do this no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering GB.
This requirement will not change after 1 January 2021.
The treatment must:
- be approved for use in the country where the treatment is applied
- contain praziquantel or an equivalent proven to be effective against tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)
You do not need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re travelling directly to the UK from Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta.
UK nationals living in the EU
If you’re living in the EU and plan to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your vet. They’ll help to ensure you’re compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations.
If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to GB.
Travelling with more than 5 pets
You cannot take more than 5 pets to an EU country or NI unless you’re attending or training for a:
- sporting event
You’ll need written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.
All your pets must:
- be attending the event or training
- be over 6 months old
- meet the pet travel rules
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