Pet passports no longer valid from 1 January 2021

From 1 January, Official Veterinarians (OVs) issued EU pet passports will no longer be valid for travel to and from the EU.

Instead, Official Animal Health Certificates will be required for dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from Great Britain to the EU (up to five pets on one certificate).

We will be issuing these to owners travelling with their pet to the EU from 1 January 2021.

This will affect your travel if you are arriving in an EU Member State after 11.00pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020.

Your pet must:

  • Have a functioning microchip or tattoo
  • Have a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before travel
  • Enter the EU via a designated Traveller’s Point of Entry
  • Have an Animal Health Certificate written in the official language of the country they will enter the EU by
  • Receive treatment against Echinococcus (a tapeworm) 24-120 hours before returning to Great Britain

The Animal Health certificate is:

  • Valid for ten days from the date of issue
  • Valid for a single trip into the EU
  • Valid for onward travel within the EU for four months
  • Valid for re-entry to Great Britain for four months after the date of issue

We suggest that, where possible, you discuss your travel plans with your vet at least one month before your intended travel to ensure your pet is prepared for travel.

Please contact us for advice on the steps required and ensure you have the necessary appointments booked for your pet.

The most up to date information can be found on the government website at www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit